Sid Vicious, The Red Bellied Parrot

by Lisa
(Anchorage, Alaska)

Sid Vicious is a 16 year old (hatchdate June 3rd) Red Bellied Parrot. I hand-raised him from 3 weeks old when I worked for an avian nursery. He talks a little bit - espeicially when the phone rings - he says "Hello". He'll do this when a phone rings on the TV and when I pick up the remote - guess he thinks its a phone.

My friend calls him "Upside Down Bird" because he will hang upside down from the top of his cage and say "pretty bird" or "what're you doing?" when he wants to come out for attention. He can be very insistent! He loves spaghetti, pancakes with syrup, hot dogs, apples and espeicially honey roasted peanuts. He's my best buddy and hangs out with me whenever I'm home.

Lisa Barnes

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Dec 24, 2009
by: Anonymous

Can Red Bellied parrots and Conures safely get along together?

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Jul 10, 2009
by: Linda

Lisa, your story is hearwarming and Sid sounds like a wonderful bird.

However, I don't know if you realize it or not, but processed sugar is poison for birds. Their bodies cannot process it, and I know of birds who have died after ingesting even a small amount.Of course, these were much smaller birds. I'd stop with the pancakes (too much fat), the syrup is poison as is sugar coated and/or salted peanuts. Salt works in a different way from sugar, but they both do internal damage that won't be seen for years and years unless they just drop dead one day after eating too much of a good thing.

So, I know you wish to treat Sid like a best friend, and just keep in mind that best friends sometimes have a lot of differences in physical makeup.

Not trying to burst your bubble or anything as Sid sounds like he loves you and you him. Just stop with the processed sugar, salt and fat, and he will live to be a healthy ripe old age. If I could only "practice what I preach", I'd be lighter and healthier for it. Our birds don't eat like we do though, as they are "forced" to be healthy!


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