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The Parrots at Our Window

Updated on November 22, 2012

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Every morning and every evening several parrots can be seen from our living room window. Most of the time they are perched on a tall bamboo stalk, usually in pairs. Sometimes there are as many as 3 couples at one time, enjoying the ride as the bamboo branches sway in the wind.

Parrots Mate for Life

Parrots are monogamous and faithful to their partners. It’s as if they realize the great value their mate holds and don’t take them for granted. They watch out for each other and stick close together. We could learn a lot from them!

Loyalty and Solidarity

Our neighbors one floor down from us have a captive parrot that they let out of the cage (keeping the window closed). The wild parrots come to visit this parrot almost daily. They sit on the window seal and talk to him, chirping words of encouragement and comfort. “Don’t worry, someday we’ll get you out of here” I imagine them saying as they squawk back and forth. The captive parrot is always excited to see his friends and sits on the inner window seal to get as close as he can to them. When his friends eventually fly away, he sits there looking at them as they get farther and farther away. So sad!

Visiting a lonely friend.
Visiting a lonely friend.

They Clearly Ask For What They Need

Every morning and every evening, the parrots sit on a tree near the balcony of one of our neighbors, who feeds them regularly. He puts out seeds and fruit for them and then goes back inside the house. If the parrots arrive at mealtime and their treats haven’t been provided, they sit on the tree and squawk, reminding this kind man that it’s time for their dinner. Once he puts out their food, they take turns flying to the balcony, going in pairs, and then moving out of the way for another pair to eat. I have never seen them fighting over the food and they only seem to eat what they need, always leaving some for the others.

Waiting for their turn to eat.
Waiting for their turn to eat.

Cooperation

Parrots have learned to work in groups and cooperate in ways that will benefit the entire community. When they find a new source of food, they don’t hoard it, but they let the others know about it and share without selfishness. They also are known for helping to raise the community’s young, even though they are monogamous. They remind me of elephants in this respect, where several in the herd keep an eye on the young ones.

Problem Solving and Life Lessons

Parrots are great at problem solving and can undertake puzzles and other tasks that required great intelligence. Most people think of the way parrots learn to talk and repeat what they hear, and this of course does take intelligence, but they are also capable of complex problem solving and are resilient in the face of adversity and danger.

I have learned a lot from these beautiful friends who grace us with their presence every day and I know they will continue to teach us valuable lessons.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Hyphenbird, I'm so sorry about your loss. I know you miss your friend terribly...how blessed you were to have him for so long! I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. This is a wonderful community where all can share what we've learned in life and the things we enjoy.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I love this story. Birds are such complex and wonderful creatures. Your telling about the friendship of the parrots, the neighbor and the care you feel make me happy. Tow weeks ago today my own little cockatiel died. He had been my friend for 21 years. I miss him so much but your Hub gave me that "sweet bird" memory once again. Thank you for that.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      We can learn so much from animals, Debbie, and this is a wonderful testament to that. Will share this, and votes up!!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you! I look forward to reading your lovely Hubs as well!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a wonderful hub. There is so much to be learned from nature. I knew when I saw the title of this hub that I would love it and become a follower. It is done!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you Always Exploring! They are amazing birds!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have always adored Parrots. Your article is interesting. Loved it..

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Amy, how awesome that Sundance found a new home and also found his new love! They are so special, aren't they? We have so much to learn from them!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      How lucky you are to witness these life lessons from the parrots outside your building! I had a lone Sun Conyer that I had to find a new home for at the time of my divorce. I was moving into an apt building that only allowed me my one dog. Conyers are noisy! Through a workmate, I found a young woman who kept company with parrots in her home. She gave a wonderful home to "Sundance". He discovered his lady love and the new caregiver leaves the doors to their cages open. One or the other shares their cage with their mate every night. The girl that gave Sundance a space in her home tells me he and his love talk and jabber without pause all day long. I am so happy he is no longer lonely. Great piece and photos, Debbie. Thank you

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you! I look forward to learning from you and your Hubs.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      I'm glad you enjoyed what these parrots have taught us. We could learn so much from the animal kingdom!

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      I really enoyed hearing about these parrots, and your observations. How sweet that they visit the tame parrot. It does sound like we have lessons to learn from the birds. Thanks for the hub!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you for sharing! Your Mom was smart to stick to parakeets and canaries! There is so much we can learn from the animal kingdom, isn't there?

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lovely birds and so sweet. Their intelligence was one reason my mom would not have one as a pet. She had parakeets and canaries, but never a parrot. They are just too smart for their own good. Enjoyed the topic and learned much from it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and beautiful. What an endearing story.