Randy the Red
by Donald Jones
I have a Red headed Mexican parrot, I've owned this bird for many a year since I was 8 or 9 (34 today). I'm not even sure how old he is (and I do believe it's a "he" because he loves to flirt with women). Randy has been my constant companion since I got him from a friend whom I met on a camping trip. Since the day I got him his personality has ranged from sweet and lovable (99% of the time) to down right "don't touch me or I'll slice your finger off".
Randy is mostly a "one person bird" although he does seem to be drawn to women so I can only guess his sex is male; while I am the exception he won't let any other man touch him.
99% of the time he's as sweet and lovable as any other furry pet. He loves to get his head scratched and I can even stroke the back of his head and down his back. He will draw the line at his tail, which I tease him with some of the time.
Randy can be (for lack of a better term) "extremely" loud, mostly in the evening. But he more than makes up for it when he's talkative; his vocabulary is small ("hello" "good morning" and good bird") but he can be vocal and communicative without squawking my ear off.
And I'm sure most of your reader have never encountered this type of behavior, but Randy has a foot fetish for some strange reason. Take off you shoes and pull off your socks and he loves to go to town on your toes; rubbing his beak and becoming extremely talkative. Do any other Mexicans have this strange behavior? I can only indulge him because he seems happiest when nibbling on my big toe.