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8:33 a.m. 2012-07-05

why was my first peachfronted conure, an import, so easy to tame?

Arthur was my first bird. Not just my first Peachfront Conure. My first bird. Therefore, I didn't think much about it, that he was so sweet and easy to tame down. However, I later got another imported conure to be his mate, the irascible Gwen. That bird was anything but tame. True, I got her to court Arthur and to teach him how to be a Daddy, so I never really tried to handle her, but I had the definite idea that she wouldn't like it if I did.

What made the difference in their personalities? Well, for one thing, Arthur was apparently captured and raised for export in one of those Bolivian villages where they take the babies out of the nest, before they are completely weaned, and they chew up the food for them and feed them from their mouths. No kidding. When I first heard a description of this activity, I instantly understood why Arthur was always so eager to try to put his head in my mouth and kiss me with his tongue. Heck, for years, I just thought he was one of those romantic French kissers.

In any case, even having lost a lot of his tameness in quarantine in a big pen with a bunch of other birds, he got it back pretty fast once he found himself in a caring situation.

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