Day 325: Wet Bird Couture Is Back!

It can be challenging work – juggling an empire. One minute you are engrossed in planning your newest one-avian hit play. The next minute you are called away for some top secret mission – allegedly. Each free moment is occupied in turn….from “fixer-upper” nest flipping projects for the spring ladybird season to (even more) retrainingContinue reading “Day 325: Wet Bird Couture Is Back!”

Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!

To YOU, our dearest treasured VIP extended flock member, So much has transpired during this last year we have shared together! For starters, we have all nearly completed another whole year on this round blue planet. Wow. If that wasn’t already enough of an accomplishment in itself, some of us have also come out ofContinue reading “Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!”

Day 322: If You Like It Put a Feather On It

As a flocking species, you can always count on a little friendly competition for the best roosting spots. This can make leaving a prime seat problematic. Often, when you return to reclaim your roost, you may find it has a new occupant! So you have to find a way to let the other flock membersContinue reading “Day 322: If You Like It Put a Feather On It”

Day 319: A Cockatiel’s Feather Coat

The large featherless beings are sometimes understandably jealous that they pop out, well, featherless. There really isn’t any more delicate way to say it. But just because you got all the good DNA doesn’t mean you don’t still need help staying warm when temperatures drop. And of course, with “cuteness” at your service, you canContinue reading “Day 319: A Cockatiel’s Feather Coat”

Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!

Life itself is precious….there is no doubt about it. But what makes life extra precious is the chance to live with an interspecies flock. Your family is all colors, all genders, all shapes and sizes. Some are little and loud while others are little and not so loud. And some are always growing bigger (mostlyContinue reading “Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!”

Day 316: A Parrot and His Props

Not too many fans understand just how grueling it can be to rake in consistent five-feather reviews in the competitive field of “acting.” In nearly all cases, all the fans know is that they love the star, they love the plot, they love the play and they love the props. But managing props in particularContinue reading “Day 316: A Parrot and His Props”

Day 313: Pearl Cutts in The Big Bird Box

Being born covered in soft fetching feathers can definitely give you a wing up on the competition when it comes to winning coveted feature roles. But it can’t always protect you from filmmakers’ omissions and inaccuracies. For example, there may be times when you are starring in a new play and you notice the titleContinue reading “Day 313: Pearl Cutts in The Big Bird Box”

Day 310: Cockatiel Attends Crestaholics Meeting

As a manly (single, solo, suave) manbird, there is no doubt having a full-feathered crest can make you a hit with the ladybirds. But it can also make you a frequent target of the (large, featherless, crest-less) paparazzi. It comes with the territory. What the ladybirds want, the ladybirds get. And yet, dealing with allContinue reading “Day 310: Cockatiel Attends Crestaholics Meeting”

Day 307: The Parrot and the Pupperazzi

While it is true that the large featherless beings are slavishly devoted to feathers, they aren’t the only species to feel this way. Turns out beings with fur can be pretty fond of feathers too! Sometimes this is because of how tunefully (loudly) parrots can sing. Sometimes it is due to “cuteness.” But most oftenContinue reading “Day 307: The Parrot and the Pupperazzi”

Day 304: Cockatiel Is Heading In

Even the brightest light in the chandelier (or the loudest songster in the choir) can still find ways to improve. The best only stay the best because they are constantly bettering their skills. Say you are a “black ops” super-secret agent. Your legend precedes you. The merest whisper of your name, “.007,” sends ferocious foesContinue reading “Day 304: Cockatiel Is Heading In”

Day 301: Cockatiel Gives Cuteness Assistance

When you’ve had fluffy feathers your whole life, it is easy to forget not every being is so lucky. You are so used to the adoration, the adulation, the fainting fans, the fame – how everyone always wants to be near you just in case one of your feathers falls off and lands on them,Continue reading “Day 301: Cockatiel Gives Cuteness Assistance”

Day 298: Cockatiel Takes a Grateful Nap

Being part of a flock is always fun, but it is especially fun around the holidays. This, of course, is because your personal Small Chef pulls out all the stops in preparing all your favorite delicacies. When the big day o’ gratitude finally arrives, as the official “alpha” flock member, you can expect to haveContinue reading “Day 298: Cockatiel Takes a Grateful Nap”

Day 297: Gratitude with Feathers and Shells

Here in our little flock, every member has their own reasons to be grateful. Pearl is grateful for his fine and fetching grey and white feathers. (One glance at his flock mates and it is easy to see how lucky he got in this department.) He is also very grateful for his tuneful voice. HisContinue reading “Day 297: Gratitude with Feathers and Shells”

Day 295: Grateful for Feathers

As the day o’ gratitude draws near, it is only natural to find your mind turning to the things you feel thankful for. Let’s say you are small and covered in feathers. So you might feel very grateful for those feathers. And also very grateful for your cute pink feet. And of course quite gratefulContinue reading “Day 295: Grateful for Feathers”

Day 292: Cockatiel Is the Original Napster

When your family includes multiple species, you are bound to run into the language barrier sooner or later. Take “Napster,” for example. Clearly, this term means “master napper.” (“Nap” + “ster” – could any translation be more obvious?) And yet somehow, your large featherless flock mates seem to think it has something to do withContinue reading “Day 292: Cockatiel Is the Original Napster”

Day 289: A Snuffleupagus with Feathers

Working undercover is not for the faint of feather. You have to be comfortable with all manner of identities…and disguises. Some cover identities may take days or even weeks to put together. You may also need to rehearse switching from one identity to another quite rapidly as the case demands. (Oddly, in this way beingContinue reading “Day 289: A Snuffleupagus with Feathers”

Day 286: Cockatiel in the Case of the Empty Plate

In acting as in life, you just never know what a day may bring. Some days, your plate may be very full….even full to overflowing. On other days, your plate may be….empty. Such is the flexibility required to navigate life as a famous and feathery actor – or even a famous and feathery pint-sized superContinue reading “Day 286: Cockatiel in the Case of the Empty Plate”

Day 283: Cockatiel Is His Mommy’s Tweetheart

Love is a big deal in every species. When you have love, you have survival of the species. When you have love, you have wings to fly and a song to sing. When you have love, you grow cuter every day. When you have love, you are able to attract a large featherless assistant whoContinue reading “Day 283: Cockatiel Is His Mommy’s Tweetheart”


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