The Parrot Who Owns Me

The Parrot Who Owns Me

The Story of A Relationship

Book - 2001
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"Birds are my passion," says Joanna Burger, "but parrots are my weakness." Fifteen years ago, when se adopted a neglected, orphaned thirty-six year old parrot named Tiko, she entered on of the most complex relationships of her life. Sullen and hostile when he entered Dr. Burger's home, Tiko gradually warmed as she carefully persuaded him of her good intentions. Eventually he courted her, building nests inside household furniture during mating season and trying to coax her into them. He nursed her vigilantly through a bout with Lyme disease, regularly preening each strand of hair on the pillow as she slept. For a while he even fought her husband for her attentions, but eventually theirs became a relationship of deep mutual trust. The Parrot Who Owns Me is also the story of the science of birds, and of parrots in particular (America's third most commonly owned pet, after cats and dogs). Woven into the narrative are insights and fascinating revelations from Joanna Burger's work -- not only about parrots, but about what it means to be human. By turns delightful, hilarious, touching, and enlightening, The Parrot Who Owns Me introduces us to an unforgettable bird and his human companion, whose friendships tells us much about ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679463306
Branch Call Number: 636.686 Burger
636.686 Burger
Characteristics: viii, 245 p. ; 20 cm


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Dec 14, 2015

Simply a delightful book exploring the very personal and close relationship between the author and Tiko. Their bond is so close that he actually considers her his soulmate even though she's not a parrot.I'm actually going to read this book again, that's how much I enjoyed it.


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