Tinkerbell - Legacy of a flighted CAG parrot in Taiwan

The African grey parrot is a medium-sized, predominantly grey, black-billed parrot. Their average weight is 400 grams (0.88 lb), with an average length of 33 centimetres (13 in) and an average wingspan of 46–52 cm. The Congo subspecies is a lighter grey, with darker grey over the head and both wings, while the head and body feathers have a slight white edge to them. The tail feathers are red. The Timneh subspecies is a darker gray and has a dark maroon colored tail as well as having a portion of their beak being light pink in color.
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Tinkerbell - Legacy of a flighted CAG parrot in Taiwan

Postby shanlung » Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:18 pm

Hi,

This is the first time I am in a Malaysian bird forum and I am happy to be here. People around the world including none English speaking countries such as Russia, Japan, Germany, China have read and seen of Tinkerbell.

I originate from a place that I do not feel proud of just south of your country. It is my wish to leave that place to live in beautiful Malaysia.


If you folks do not know of Tinkerbell, here are a couple of photos, and the Webshot folders where even more can be seen

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Tinkerbell - Reunion
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/30255768/

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Tinkerbell at Green Island Taiwan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/30263528/

More interesting photos such as my avatar can be seen in

Tinkerbell - at Chipeng 2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/678317/

and

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/



This is a love story of me and my Tinkerbell, a free flying Congo African Grey parrot CAG , as we roamed about the mountains and forests and cities of Taiwan. She loves to go riding with me on the motorbike as she sit on a perch on the handle bar.

Full details of that and more are in that webpage, together with URLs to the relevant Webshots folders of hundreds of photos. Without those photos, what I wrote will never be believed

As with all love story, it is happy and sad.

Tinkerbell's webpage http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9 serves as a record of those immensely happy times as well as pointers to the training and her diet and life with us.

Tinkerbell Legacy was then written during my travelling around Laos and Thailand. In it, I try to lay out the principles how you can keep a flying parrot as well as other stuff that I had not touched on in detail earlier.

The legacy is on-going, and that can be followed from the blog. There is also a pointer in Tinkerbell webpage that lead to that blog

http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/2005/02/



Both should be read. Hopefully, that will lead you to an entirely new relationship with your parrot making both of you happier.

That is the legacy that Tinkerbell will like you to have. That you can also keep a flying parrot.
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Postby sasa » Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:27 pm

This is what we call FREEDOM :D ...

You and Tinkerbell share a wonderful luck to have each other as a companion.

admire you indeed and welcome to this forum

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Postby Tanin » Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:39 pm

Hi,

Welcome to the forum... I think seeing our bird flying is a very good experiance which many of us dreamed of... congratulation because you have done it... :D :D
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Postby shanlung » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:29 am

Tanin, Sasa

Thank you.

It is a pleasure to be here chatting with Malaysian bird lovers.

I did not know it when I started. But I realised now that what I have done with Tinkerbell is very special. Especially more so as she is a Congo African Grey. Parrots are already known to be the most intelligent of non human species. I have been in correspondence with trainers of dolphins, apes, horses and they all agreed intelligence of parrots are a different level. And of the parrot world, Greys have been acknowledged to be the highest of kept parrots. Unfortunately, greys while intelligent, can be spooked very easily and not as amicable to training as macaws or cockatoos or smaller parrots.

I only realised later that you never see a flighted CAG in any shows as they almost always use macaws and 2s. Perhaps if I have known, I might not have ever done what I did with Tinkerbell.

But now that I have done it, and have taught my friend in Taiwan now looking after Tinkerbell, this process is definately replicable.

When you all take the time to go through what I have written, you will know that I wrote freely of all that I know for all of you.

You can also read of the diet of Tinkerbell and what I prepare for her to eat. You can see from the photos the state of her health. That manna mash will be the cheapest and much more healthy than the most expensive pellets that you feed your parrot or macaws with. Do try that even if you do not wish to keep a flying parrot.


You can realise the dreams that you may have of keeping a flying parrot.

That road is not easy. But you can see the reward of that road through what Tinkerbell and I had been through. That road is dangerous. But then, keeping a clipped parrot has its own risks and dangers. I do believe many more 'clipped' parrots flown away as their owners are lulled into a false sense of security.
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Postby amazingpetparrot » Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:37 am

After admired Thinkerbell free fly, let's find out how other parrots do that.

http://www.shadeseclectus.com/ff_jon_&_darah.htm

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Postby shanlung » Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:56 am

Hello,


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The parrots and the guys in that website are old friends that I got to know in the Internet. In Tinkerbell website, there is a link to FreeFlight where we all talk and exchange notes as to what we do.

There are many different situations. Since I took Tinkerbell out on the motorbike and into forests and mountains from dawn to evening , I felt harness and leash is much safer for myself. If you live on a farm in the prarie without trees, you need not have to worry too much.

I have moved my photos from Webshot to Flickr.

I arrange a folder of some of my favourite shots, including a visit back to Taiwan to be with Tinkerbell recently. That folder is here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/769646/

I have made some major changes in Tinkerbell website. If you have not been there for some time, you may find it very different now. Try a refresh or two.

http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/
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