Day 43: Pasta for Parrots

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Living with an interspecies flock can bring up some delicate dinnertime issues.

For example, let’s say you have been tracking a herd of delicious prey all afternoon.

Finally, the right moment arrives and you pounce!

So there you are, noshing away on your fresh catch. Then suddenly a hungry flock mate appears.

There is the whole flock-wide relations thing…and then there is your dinner. The challenge is to let your flock member know the prey is spoken for while also maintaining inter-flock harmony.

First, you decide to use ‘nonverbal communication’ – the featherless flock member in particular seems to respond quite well to this style of learning.

A slight hunch and a focused stare lets the other diner know the prey is spoken for.
If the flock mate keeps moving forward, you might want to increase your hunch and make “direct eye contact” to more clearly communicate this prey is taken.

Of course, sometimes the prey looks so tasty no amount of simple body language is adequate to the task at hand.

At this point, the right approach is always to just start eating your prey as speedily as possible!

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Published by Shannon Cutts

Cockatiel, redfoot tortoise and box turtle mama. Author, writer, pet & people blogger.

2 thoughts on “Day 43: Pasta for Parrots

  1. So went my scrambled eggs and wheat toast today. When there are 3 of them and one of you, you learn to sit back and wait it out. Sigh…..

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