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  •  The place where Harlan was handfed had (11+ / 0-)

    Lineolated Parakeets.  I think these are them:

    The guy had a pet store years ago, and gave that up.  Now he gets baby birds from people who aren't breeders, but whose birds have bred.  They don't have the time for hand-feeding so they give them or sell them to this guy who feeds them to weaning and plays with them so they're well socialized, then sells them.  When I was visiting Harlan before he was weaned enough to come home, I got to love these guys.  A squirming ball of fun.  

    These are also lineolated, right?

    •  gee, I don't think so (12+ / 0-)

      Those little guys have the eye ring typical of conures. Linnies don't have those.

      All of my pictures are stored on our full size laptop and I'm using my little netbook right now so I don't have ready access to them.  But here are some generic pics:

      They're about the size of a parrotlet, but without the sometimes bad temperament that those birds are known for. Linnies are usually sweet and even if they did try to nip you, their beaks are not that strong. I even have to cut their grapes open for them.

      Linnies have an unusual, horizontal (sometimes even downward tipped) stance as they perch.  As I mentioned, they love to hang upside down like little brightly colored bats in the rain. In the wild, they live in the tree canopy and run around on the branches more than they fly. It's hard to reproduce this kind of environment for them in captivity, and that's why they need regular nail trims. In the wild, their fast growing nails get worn down with all that running.

      Our linnie parents are green split to blue. When they had babies, we hit the genetic jackpot: all three are blue color mutations. We got one turquoise and two cobalt blues.

      The only downside to linnies is that their poop is very liquidy, and since they love to hang upside down on the side of the aviary wire, it tends to spray out and hit anything within reach.

      •  I see what you mean about the eyerings. Oops. (9+ / 0-)

        Maybe just the squirmy guys on top?  Doesn't look like they have the eyering.  

        This was a year and a half ago, and I didn't write down the info at the time.  All I remember was watching them and thinking they look like fun little birds.  (You can hear the feeding guy saying "So funny those little birdies..." in the background.  He loves 'em.)

        •  Yep, they are little cuties (6+ / 0-)

          We had cuteness overload around here when the chicks were in the nest and then began to peek out. As they got close to fledging, they'd stand gripping an alfalfa mat on a platform that I had positioned next to their nest, and flap their wings like mad. They reminded me of bumblebees. Tiny, stationary bumblebees.

          And then there was the day I walked by the cage and noticed one of them was on a perch on the far side of the cage. Flight! I got so excited I ran to get the camera and stubbed my toe on the corner of the coffee table. Ouch! And all for what? A picture of a linnie on a perch?!

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