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December 8, 2012 / Leslie

Meet Charlie

Charlie is a 5-year old Peach Faced Lovebird that has joined my household. His previously owner could no longer care for him and he was left at a rescue facility.


For now, Charlie will have his photo taken while in his cage, or ‘home’ as I refer to it. It appears he has never been trained, or if he was he has been neglected and no longer has good social skills. He won’t perch on my hand and bites when I try to take him out of his cage. Hopefully I can change this behavior but with an older bird it will take time and patience. I suspect the biting may have something to do with why he was given up for adoption.


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  1. Cipriano / Dec 8 2012 4:20 am

    Charlie is gorgeous and I’m sure that with time he will learn to trust you and become synonymous with the first syllable of his species’ name!


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 12:08 pm

      They can be very loving birds when raised properly. This one is rather wild.


  2. Mary / Dec 8 2012 6:56 am

    He sure is handsome! I’ll bet he’ll come to appreciate his new home and you.


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 12:09 pm

      I think he already appreciates the new home… he wants to be in charge of it though!


  3. Leeswammes / Dec 8 2012 7:17 am

    Beautiful Charlie! I hope he’ll settle in fast. I used to have a budgie and I think I started just putting my hand in/near its cage and when he got used to that, take it a little step further. You can’t hurry a bird or he’ll be scared of you forever. Good luck! Anyway, even if he doesn’t want to get close to you, you saved him from a worse fate!


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 12:13 pm

      I can put my hand in the cage now as long as my hand doesn’t approach him. If it does, he lunges and bites. I’m not trying to get him to perch on my finger for now… my hand is only offering good things like treats and food several times a day.


  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Dec 8 2012 9:06 am

    What a beauty; I hope he comes around.


  5. BermudaOnion / Dec 8 2012 9:11 am

    Charlie is beautiful! If anyone can socialize him, it’s you.


  6. laurelrainsnow / Dec 8 2012 9:15 am

    I am sure that Charlie will soon respond to your training….and meanwhile, even in a cage, he is adorable.



    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 12:31 pm

      Charlie is a good boy when he’s just sitting in his cage, but I’d like him to be able to come out and have a little more fun and interact with the humans. But if not… at least he’s got a permanent home now.


  7. dou dou / Dec 8 2012 9:49 am

    What a cutie! Good advice so far, never rush a bird. They are very slow to adjust so just give him time. My friend Laura has excellent advice about training birds on her blog: Good luck to you and Charlie 🙂


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 12:28 pm

      Thank you for the link to Lara’s blog. I took a quick look and this is the kind of advice I need. I know a lot about wild birds and bird behavior, and I’ve had budgies from babies, but I have no experience with adopting an older bird, especially one that bites.


  8. Arti / Dec 8 2012 9:57 am

    I’ve never seen a lovebird, what beautiful color!


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 3:11 pm

      I thought Lovebirds were green and when I saw him at the shelter I asked what kind of bird he was. I’m not real good with identifying parrots… obviously!


  9. Paulita / Dec 8 2012 10:47 am

    He is beautiful. Hope you can take him in hand, so to speak. I thought of you this week when we were pondering the flocks of grackles filling our skies. Did you know a flock of grackles is called a plague of grackles? Here’s Mine


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 3:19 pm

      I didn’t know they were called a ‘plague’, but that is a very appropriate name. A plague of them can empty my feeders in less than half an hour!


  10. brokencookiesdontcount / Dec 8 2012 10:55 am

    Charlie is beautiful! What colors!!


  11. Suko / Dec 8 2012 1:59 pm

    Charlie is so colorful and adorable! I hope his social skills will improve, and that he won’t bite the hand that feeds anymore. 🙂


  12. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Dec 8 2012 2:05 pm

    He’s very pretty, and looks like a sweetie. It’s too bad he’s had some problems – I hope you have good luck with training him!


  13. joyweesemoll / Dec 8 2012 3:56 pm

    Hi Charlie! What beautiful colors!


  14. Louise / Dec 8 2012 4:06 pm

    Charlie is very gorgeous- and it’s a great name. Good luck with his training.


    • Leslie / Dec 8 2012 4:08 pm

      He already had the name Charlie, and I like it because it could be a girl or a boy… we don’t know which it is. Unless of course the bird lays an egg.


  15. Brona / Dec 8 2012 4:27 pm

    Lucky Charlie to have someone who is willing to be patient and who will take the time to win him over 🙂


  16. booksavvybabe / Dec 8 2012 7:08 pm

    aww, poor bird. I hope he comes to trust you, I’m glad he found a good home- Book Savvy Babe


  17. sagustocox / Dec 8 2012 7:13 pm

    He’s beautiful and I think in the right environment, these issues can be overcome. good luck


  18. sim@chapter1-take1 / Dec 8 2012 8:20 pm

    Don’t know a thing about birds but I know what I like and that’s your bird, Charlie. I’m a bit partial to the name though, we have a beagle named Charlie. Anyhoo you’re a braver woman than me but he is so charming, I’m sure it will be worth the effort. Best of luck.


  19. Bev@My Reader's Block / Dec 8 2012 9:10 pm

    What beautiful vivid colors Charlie has! Hopefully he’ll settle down with such a good person to care for him.


  20. lmkazmierczak / Dec 8 2012 9:36 pm

    Bear With Me….Best wishes on your new pet♫ Happy Weekend♥


  21. samstillreading / Dec 8 2012 10:35 pm

    What a cutie! I’m sure he will learn to trust you over time.


  22. stacybuckeye / Dec 9 2012 10:48 pm

    Poor Charlie! He sure is handsome.


  23. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Dec 10 2012 10:29 am

    He is gorgeous! I’m sure you two will become good friends. 🙂


  24. Carol / Dec 10 2012 2:41 pm

    He’s so pretty. I’m sure you have the patience and caring to have it all work out well.


  25. So many times when the topic of rescuing animals comes up, it’s usually about dogs or cats. It’s great to see that there are those out there who also care for the other animals that are neglected. He’s a beautiful bird, Leslie!


    • Leslie / Dec 11 2012 7:02 pm

      I didn’t know about this rescue group until I saw an article in the paper when they rescued 200+ birds from one house. I was going to adopt one of the wild cockatiels from that house but I got taken in by Charlie instead.



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