I wonder if Phoebe could learn to do this?

August 19, 2015 | My Jottings

My daughter Sharon texted this video to me this morning and told me to watch all the way to the end. Maybe you’ve seen it already, but if you haven’t, here’s your smile for the day:

My new baby parakeet Phoebe (who’s about three months old now and is settling in and trying out a few cute vocalizations) doesn’t have the “expressive” head feathers this cockatoo does, but I’m wondering… if I worked with her every day, could she learn to respond to music in this way?

Would I have to buy a guitar, take guitar lessons, and learn an Elvis song before Phoebe would start cutting her parakeet rug, so to speak?

I also thought Mr. Cockatoo’s wife was hilarious in her own way. Notice the warning foot Mrs. Cockatoo lifts when she thinks he’s getting a little too carried away?

And what better words to sign off with?

Don’t be cruel,


  1. Ginny says:

    Crack me up!!!
    See, I like birds in videos! Just not in my house or touching them… Thinking of two large white birds in my house LOOSE will give me nightmares tonight…like I would wake up and the one would be bobbing his fanned out bird head while perched on my arm that was not under the covers, STARING AT ME…and I would be in a rubber room for the rest of my life!
    BUT! I am looking forward to PhoebeGirl saying cool stuff….behind bars

  2. Just Julie says:

    I think you should have some bird therapy, Ginny. You know, when you gradually expose yourself to the thing you’re afraid of, and then over time the fear disappears? I need some help with hand taming Phoebe and think you should consider being my assistant. 🙂 xoxo

  3. Linda says:

    So glad I read your past two posts back to back! …. as I was sobbing after reading the “Kelly” story…beautiful …but “too close to home” for me. We both share similar sorrows as rejected & abandoned young mothers. That bird video had me laughing as hard as I was crying in your previous post! Now my emotions are all over the place today! ….in a good way… 🙂

  4. Just Julie says:

    I’m glad your tears turned to laughter, Linda! I know you do truly understand what I was sharing in the post about Kelly. Being all over the place emotionally is something I’m pretty familiar with these days, and it doesn’t take a bird video to do it! Hugs to you, dear Linda…. xoxo

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