Friday, May 19, 2006


Boda is a harlequin parakeet. His name means "buzzard" in Welsh.
He lives in California and his favorite activities are chirping at outside birds, sqawking at a neighbors cockatiel and chattering at his very own birdie video....shhhhh......don't tell him it was made for cats. ~"Shade"


Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

Sorry it was late, y'all. Got caught up in my usual "Friday-ness"

1:48 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...

Wow! That is one pretty bird! I admit I know almost nothing about birds, and I've never even heard of a Harlequin Parakeet. Usually I think of birds as entertainment for my kitties, but this one is so cute. I'd love to see a picture that included the wings too. An adorable face like Boda has could make me a bird lover pretty quick!

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Boda is a beautifully colored parakeet. I've never seen a harlequin parakeet before-love that he "communicates" with his fellow birds outside.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Boda is such a pretty bird! I love his colors! I don't know about birds but I think there are some very pretty varieties out there. Hello Boda!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Alright, confession time. I was originally a bird lover! SHHHH! Don't tell my kitties! I've hand-raised parakeets from about 2 weeks old (I think that's right, it's been so long ago) and we always had parakeets and cockatiels growing up. I used to work in the bird department of two different pet stores also. I still love birds, but unfortunately I'll probably never own one again as I don't think it would be fair to the bird OR the cats! I do have to say though, in my opinion, birds other than the small ones (keets, love birds and such), should not be kept as pets. They live so long and are really a lot of work. They are really very smart too!! Many stories I could tell!

2:19 PM  
Blogger katnippia said...

Boda, you are a very pretty bird. I had a blue and white parakeet, when i was around 12 or 13. I also had a Quaker named Derby, he was a lil stinker, but I loved him. Althought, I have to agree with kat1 i couldn't own a bird in my house. It would have a heart attack the minute it came into mine.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Boda is really pretty. Count me as a short-time one-time parakeet owner. I had a blue "budgie" for a few months but taking care of it and the dog and 2 cats just wasn't working out. And I felt guilty keeping it in a cage. The *one* time I tried clipping its wings (door closed, no cats) I felt so guilty watching him try to fly that I broke down and sobbed.

Later, I had a roommate for a short time who had some kind of parrot. I'm sure Kat knows this, but if you think dogs demand attention, it's nothing compared to what a parrot-like bird demands. And the roommate was gone a lot so that poor bird sat in her room and squawked and made such a ruckus and riot. I hope it didn't learn any bad language from me.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Boda is absolutely beautiful! I'm amazed at his coloring...I had a blue Parakeet - or at least that's what I called it, a friend of mine said it was a "budgerigard"(SP?)
I thought they were two names for the same bird. My mother ALWAYS had a canary, and I would LOVE to have one, but like kat said, it wouldn't be fair to the poor little heart of that canary to have Emily the Huntress drooling up at him all the time! I could NEVER leave the house unless I took one of them with me!
Also, as Kat said about the larger breeds of birds, (my neighbor just got a cockateil) they have long lifespans...I was once in a Tropical Bird farm, and this one HUGE parrot was like, in his 20's?! Is that right, kat?! I think I remember the owner telling me the bird could live well into the thirties and my thinking "what if he outlived me?!" He was the size of a Turkey! But Very Beautiful...

2:56 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Yes Rose, the bigger parrots, like Cockatoos, Macaws, Amazons can live anywhere from their 20's up to 80+!! Isn't that amazing! They live longer in captivity and especially if their well cared for! The oldest bird I have personally seen was 63 yrs. old!! He was a yellow-naped Amazon. I held him to have his wings clipped. We had an Amazon in the pet store I worked at that would cry JUST like it's owner's grandbaby and it could sing Happy B-day! All the words to it! Amazing creatures!!

3:34 PM  
Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Boda is beautiful! Boda is very exotic!!! I have never seen that type of parakeet.

Had a green and yellow keet when I was little, his name was Mr. Q. T. Pie (get it?). Boy, was he fussy. And loud. He'd get going, squawking and hopping, grab his seed cup and fling it against the side of the cage. Seeds everywhere.

3:57 PM  
Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

BTW, after Mr. Pie's tantrum, I would always try (unsuccessfully) to convince my mother that he was the "household pet", not mine.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Meowmepurr's Mumma in Washington State said...

Boda, you are a pretty boy...

GS--before the "Fridayness" ends, how is your eye and what have you done about it? If nothing else, haul your butt to the mall and have the Doc at LensCrafters look at it--and get a new pair of glasses made!! I'm serious, and I will haunt you all weekend if you don't!! LISTEN TO YOUR MUMMA!!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

ML, That is so funny! I had a blue and white parakeet named
Q. Tee (cutie)! He was the sweetest little boy. I got him as a little baby. He was really too young to be already at the pet store, in my opinion. Anyway, he died young, only 3 yrs. old. He had liver failure, which is fairly common in parakeets.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

mumma-no, I haven't done anything... TOO BUSY!!! lol, I'll try to get something done.

LOL ml- Pierre was well behaved until you got real close to the cage, then he'd go nuts. I hope he's OK.

I've always been a multi-animal person-horses had been my passion growing up, but wasn't realistic as a pet. We had a Westie (dog) that I grew up with (same age as me), and when he died we got our first cat. Turned me into a cat lover for life. But in between I had many fish tanks (I'm versed in fresh & saltwater), and mostly had finches and canaries. Also had mice at one point. When I got a job in my early twenties at a store that did saltwater aquariums/reptiles/parrots, I learned about parrots and fell in love with Lesser Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. Most of them are so sweet! Bryan wants one, but as it's been said, not only do they live long, but they are SO DAMN NEEDY!!!!!! They're noisy, messy, and they want attention more than your average 3 yr old.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous casper's mom said...

What a beautiful bird. I don't think I have ever seen one with so many different colors like Boda. Can't get over how pretty he is.

When I was a teen-ager, a long time ago, I had a parakeet and kept it in my Mom's bedroom as we had a cat at the time. Mom usually kept the door closed. I was getting along with it real well and it was responding to me. I had hopes of teaching it how to talk a little. Even though right now I can't remember what I named it. Anyway I came home from school and went in to the cage. I knew right off it wasn't my bird. Yep, cat got it and Mom tried to hide it, and it didn't work.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous riquel said...

Wow, he is really pretty, cool colorings

8:56 PM  

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