|I first knew we were going
to own a parrot when Ruth took me to Pets Mart because "I just had to
see this cute bird." The clerk asked if Ruth wanted Buddy out of the
cage again. Again? I knew I was in trouble. Buddy had adopted Ruth and
she had adopted her. We went home with a bird clutching Ruth's finger
through the bars of his travel cage. The first night Ruth
checked on her several times throughout the night, concerned because she
kept hanging upside-down in the cage.
Daughter Amy first heard
her speak. She had stopped by our home to pick up something, heard a
tentative "Hello" from the dining room. Knowing both our cars were gone
she was surprised. Entering the room she saw the parrot. We didn't know
When we moved aboard our 35.5' sailboat that summer Buddy moved on
with us. That meant she was along for races, parties and cruises...
getting to know a lot of people. When we'd come into a Lake Winnebago
harbor the first question was "Where's Buddy." Initially she had the run
of the cockpit. Later when we learned how easily she could drown we kept
her in her cage when on deck. When below deck she is still allowed out of
his cage if the cabin door is closed.
Buddy became a Leukemia Cup Mascot. Onboard for the races she also
was around for the parties and the sunset cruises we had for the L&LS
When we moved to our 43' sailboat she came too. She accompanied us
on the Great American Loop trip down the mid-American waterways and up
the east coast. The lockmasters learned she was onboard. If she wasn't in
the cockpit they'd ask "Can we see the parrot?" When we entered each
lock on the Erie Canal Buddy would repeatedly call out "It's a parrot. Paarrroottt!"
Canadian Customs acknowledged his presence and asked for her
passport. Apparently Canada issues pet passports (CITES?). We responded
none. She was restricted to the boat. No problem - though she was hoping
to pick up chicks in the bar. US customs acknowledged
her - period. She was just part of the crew.
Buddy has gotten a lot of exposure in her travels with us as well
as in the media.
Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine
Photo by Tony Passafume
Photos by Barry in "Loop" series
Cruising Solutions Website
Photo with Bradd & Maeve
Good Old Boat
Photo with Bradd & Maeve
We've learned that she loves dogs, cats, birds, airplanes and
especially people. She eats when people do, laughs when they do, and ends
peoples' sentences with "Eh". She likes noise: engines, vacuum cleaners,
power tools - breaking into a streak of talk to join the noise.
She's great company. When we turn in at night so does she. In the
morning we don't hear a sound from her until she knows we are awake. She
entertains us and brings us a lot of joy.
Buddy's vocabulary constantly expands. We've found it very
difficult to teach her words or phrases... she just picks up things that
apparently have some meaning to her:
- Come on
- Parrot, parrot
- It's a parrot!
- Peek a boo
- Pretty, pretty Buddy
- Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
- I love you (Buddy)
- Good morning, good morning, good morning!
- Good good Buddy
- Whatcha doin'
- Where are you?
- Here kitty, kitty, kitty
- Wheeeeee! Wheeeee! Wheeee!
- Good - good - good
- I love my nudder-budder bar
- Come here
- Wanna go to the boat
- Ahoy thar matey
- Buddy (or Polly) want a cracker
- All aboard
- Arrgh thar matey
- Arrgh thar Buddy
- Step up, step up
- Barry, where's Barry
- Barry, where's Barry - whatcha doing?
- Ruthie, where's Ruthie
- Ruthie, where's Ruthie - whatcha doing?
- Gouchie, gouchie, gouchie
- Peekaboo, gouchie,gouchie, gouchie, goo.
- Wanna come out
- Oh, Oh!
- Oh, Oh! Whatcha doing?'
- Who is that?
- Laughter (Ruth's laugh)
- Specific whistle 1, that's Benji
- Specific whistle 2 (wolf whistle), that's Ruthie
- Specific whistle 3, that's Barry
- a variety of phases, variations and combinations of the
She also has a variety of whistles and calls:
- Dinghy winch
- Andy Griffith theme
- Wolf whistle (it's gotten Barry in trouble several times)
- Clucks like a chicken
- Chirp - chirp - chirp
- Jet boat engine
She understands "No", though like a 4 year old she keeps testing
the limits. She also understands that "Inside voice" means tone down
the volume or experience "towels" (having her cage covered). Buddy
senses tension and other emotions and responds appropriately using a
phrase from her repertoire. She likes to play, one of her games is
"hang 4" where she reaches out in response and grabs your finger. Just
remember, she's an animal and doesn't think like we do... watch your
Buddy on AA in Marathon - 2007
Birth - Kaytee Farms, FL spring 1999
(birth record lost when a hurricane destroyed
Sex - Undetermined
We and the vet suspect he is a she because
s/he most frequently adopts men.
Leg Band - PSM FL 946
an imbedded computer chip for ID
Weight - 640
Flight feathers regularly clipped
The Double Yellow Head Amazon parrot is an
endangered species as the result of humans encroaching on their
natural habitant. They were originally from the the Pacific slope of
Colima Mexico. They are also found in Guatemala, Belize and
Honduras. San Diego has a wild flock of about 100. I don't know
where the name Amazon came from.
noted earlier, is the product of a bird breeding center.
Buddy log his adventures
It is effectively Buddy's passport:
Certificate number: 07US146756/9
Valid until 02/20/2010
Security No. 123149
U.S. Management Authority
Division of Management Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Washington, D.C. 20240
United States of America
Buddy likes to beg when we are eating.
However, we have a list of things that are no-no's for her.
Alcohol, caffeine, avocados, chocolate, fruit seeds or pits, refined
sugar, bananas and fried foods. We found that a little cheese is
okay, yogurt and milk products okay, whole grain bread and a minimum
normally feed her a mixture of seeds, colored fruit and vegetable
pellets, nuts, jalapeno peppers and any fresh vegetables we are
having. She also likes chicken, whole wheat bread, bagels, loves
potatoes of any type and other treats that she thinks she has to share