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The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship Paperback – May 14, 2002
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“[A] brilliantly observed memoir . . . an unusually thoughtful book . . . Bottom line: A literary coo.” —People
“[Burger] sweeps readers into the fascinating world of avian biology, behavior, ecology and conservation.” —Newsday
“One of the warmest, funniest and weirdest memoirs of the year . . . This book is a must-have for bird-lovers and a fun read for everyone else.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Seventeen years ago, when she adopted a neglected, orphaned thirty-year-old parrot named Tiko, the internationally renowned ornithologist Joanna Burger entered one of the most complex relationships of her life. Sullen and hostile when he entered Dr. Burger's home, Tiko gradually warmed up, courting her during mating season, nursing her vigilantly through a bout with Lyme disease, and for a while even fighting her husband for her attentions. In time theirs was a relationship of deep mutual trust.
The Parrot Who Owns Me is Joanna and Tiko's story, as well as the story of the science of birds, and of parrots in particular. Woven into the narrative are insights and fascinating revelations from Dr. Burger's work--not only about parrots, but also about what it means to be human.
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Some of the scientific principles and parrot care she talks about in the book have changed over the last many years are are incorrect or unhealthy for a parrot, but one must take into account the book was written some time ago and the husbandry of pet parrots has made huge strides in the past twenty years.
Joanna tells great story, the best part not doing a chronological retell. It made reading the story a lot more fun.
CHOCOLATE IS TOXIC TO BIRDS! As an ornithologist she should have known that. It is also very irresponsible to write about it and have readers perhaps feed it to their birds too.
I can't tell you how awful this is that someone who supposedly cares about the health of her bird CHOOSES to fead it a poisonous substance. Totally reprehensible!
This is a love story, not a feeding guide.