Small Pets: Meet Monarchos

 Meet Monarchos

How old are you?

Coming up on 2 years old, I was an 8 March 2011 hatchling.

Where did you get your name from?

It took an insanely long time to sort out a unique moniker. Greater than 4,000 choices and some weeks later, I was named after a famous horse. My name is “Monarch” with an “OS” on the end like the word “dose” some seem confused by it. I have many nick names but mainly go by Boj.

How did you come to be with your family?

In searching for a Jardine’s parrot, my human visited two others and finally found a responsible, quality breeder. While taking a few days to ponder, the breeder called my human and said she thought we’d be a perfect match. She also stated that I was a special bird, the sweetest, bravest and most curious parrot she’d seen in a long time. Not just any home would do, I was the chosen one and would have been kept outside of the breeding program if not for the loathing of her other companion bird. My breeder felt that my human’s experience in animal behavior and training would be perfect. The rest is a happy ending!

What tricks do you know (if any)?

I wave, stretch my wings out, turn around, shake hands, run through tunnels, turn my head sideways like a dog, give kisses, cuddles, I have a full flight recall, fly to specified locations, I retrieve objects, target trained, talk on cue… I’ve learned to lie quietly with my feet open for nail trimming. I allow my human to flip me around, lightly toss me into the air on my back, there is no place she can’t touch and she really likes to get under my wings! I’m learning to do a somersault tail over head and to roll over sideways. I love learning!

Are you the first feathered family member in the house?

My human has experience with birds, from budgies to amazons and beyond. She even hand fed/reared cockatiels previously to help with another project.

Do you share your house with any furry/feathered/finned siblings?

I have a giant husky brother named Foltaire. About 30 minutes away, I have two larger siblings I see them sometimes, they’re horses. I like to visit, I even touched noses with one!

What type of parrot are you and where does your species of parrot come from?

I’m a Jardine’s parrot from the Poicephalus family which are African species. My species in particular tends to be jolly, less of a “one person” bird and not as loud as others. We also don’t experience mood swings on the same level that other species do. Jardine’s are said to be honest birds…that means, no sneak biting! As for me, I don’t bite at all, I never learned that I could punish people with my beak. It’s taken careful conditioning but has worked wonders.

Is there anyone scared of meeting you because they are afraid of birds?

Initially some are timid but I adore meeting new people and I love to give cheek kisses. I wave and lean forward, stretching toward them, they all relent. I’ve won a huge number of people over with my sweet disposition. Including some who were not keen on birds, they too have come to adore me.

What information would you like to share with people thinking of owning/adopting parrots?

You have to like work and cleaning, your best friend will be a vacuum. You must also like prepping vast varieties of fresh foods, rotating toys, providing foraging, enrichment and ample time out, being social with your feathery friend and ensuring the mental and physical aspects are handled. Lots of problems arise when birds spend too much time in a boring cage.

Anything else you would like to add?

Bird IS the word. (^_^)

You can find him on his facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MrMonarchos


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About Jardine’s Parrots:
(Taken from:http://www.parrotchronicles.com/species/jardines.htm)

Country of origin: The Jardine’s (black-wing) originates in southern Cameroon, northern Angola and northern Kenya. The greater Jardine’s can be found in northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, and the lesser Jardine’s comes from Liberia and Cameroon.

Size: Small but stockily built with short square tail. The lesser Jardine’s is the smallest at 10 inches long and up to 230 grams. The slightly larger black-wing Jardine’s measures 11 inches and weighs up to 280 grams. The greater Jardine’s also measures 11 inches long but weighs the most, up to 310 grams, or three-quarters of a pound.

Personality: Among the most playful and energetic, with a penchant for “playing dead” like the caique. Generally steady temperament–sometimes described as an Amazon without the mood swings–but can be nippy. Accepting of strangers. Pleasant voice makes it a good bird for apartment dwellers.

Average lifespan: 30-50 years.

Behavior/Health Concerns:
(Taken from:http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/jardines-parrot-2.aspx)
Jardine’s parrots love to talk, and its mimicking ability is close to an African grey’s. They have a pleasant voice, and are gifted whistlers. Jardine’s parrots are known for staying motionless, but get rowdy during playtime. They also go through a nipping stage when they are young, but with proper handling and training, owners can minimize the “teething” as their birds mature. A Jardine’s parrot’s beak can become overgrown, so provide plenty of wood and other hard toys to chew on. Poicephalus parrots thrive on a pellet-based diet along with fresh fruits, vegetables and greens.

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Diet / Feeding:
(Taken from: http://www.avianweb.com/jardinesparrots.html)

Natural Habitat

The Red-fronted Parrots feed on a variety of seeds, insects, flowers and fruits, including the fruits of the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis.

They usually feed in flocks, including joining larger feeding flocks; and, in some areas, they may travel up to 60 km (37 miles) each day to reach their favored feeding sites.

Pairs or small groups of them are usually seen flying swiftly between their night-time roosts and feeding grounds, being easily detected by their noisy contact calls. They typically feed quietly in the upper canopy of trees, where they are well camouflaged.

Captive Diet

They should be provided with a varied diet, including a base diet such as Harrisons, LaFever, Zupreem or Roudybush supplemented with nuts, fresh veggies and fruits every day.

Their beaks tend to grow really fast and may need to be trimmed professionally. However, providing a couple of almonds a day will help keep the beaks trimmed


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Mister Monarchos for letting me do the interview, his facebook page is here. I had never heard of a Jardine’s parrot before so it was a great learning experience for me.. I was amazed to find they live for 30-50 years.. wow. 


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