Look at our new babies!
And more here: http://pics.livejournal.com/electra310/gallery/000231ka
These little sweethearts are Priscilla and Aquila (for now, at least). We adopted them this weekend, after spending most of last week preparing for them and working out the details. Aren't they precious? They're cremino peach-faced lovebirds, which basically means "Yellow lovebird with peachy face." As you can see in the pictures, they're special needs birds, they have badly splayed legs that make it very hard for them to get around on flat surfaces and do things like land after they fly. Aquila is particularly bad off, he can only scoot around on flat ground, and he sometimes falls from precarious perches. We're going to talk to the vet about it on Thursday, but the prognosis isn't great for them ever getting much more use of their legs.
Luckily, they're very healthy, happy, active little guys for all that, and I think we're going to get on famously together. I can just sit and watch them swing around the cage and laugh at them climbing on each other. They're siblings, and totally bonded, to the point where most of the time, they want to be occupying the exact same space in the cage. Tomorrow afternoon, the big order I made to Windy City Parrots will be delivered, and we'll have the cage really kitted out for birds who need lots of stable, L-shaped places to perch. The timing really worked out well here, since we got a 135 dollar windfall from the electric company that's paying for all these perches and toys. The adoption fees and vetting means watching the budget carefully for a little while, but hey, we can do that. Luckily, Mike does not, in fact, need glasses, so that's another big expense that didn't happen.
The budgies are very interested by all these developments. I bought thirty feet of palm-frond shredding ribbon and a new mineral treat for them so they wouldn't feel left out. They know there are new birds in the house, and the contact calls are sometimes intense. For all they are smaller, budgies actually have lower voices than lovies, I was amused to find that out. It's a lot of fun learning about these new birds, how they act and sound and move. I've been taking lots of pictures, so expect that gallery to expand soon.