Recently we worked in Jinx, our blue throated macaw, into another segment of the show. Originally when this piece first went into the show, the flight Jinx performed was a straight line from Dave to me. Now, however, we have been able to train Jinx to fly forward and turn to land on me, making it more impressive for the audience and much more enjoyable for them to see him fly for a longer period of time as well.
And of course, Jinx is loving the reaction he gets when he appears and his nice fat almond for every flight he does.
Our birds don't get nuts and seeds in their every day meals, they only get them as rewards in the shows they perform for specific behaviors. That way we know they are earning them and working them off! We recently had an avian certified vet come visit us here in Coney Island, NY and let us know that the entire flock looks happy and healthy. We were very pleased so find their weights, feathers and overall behavior was looking good to a very trained eye of the veterinarian.
We plan on working our three rose breasted cockatoos into the preshow of Illuscination soon, where they will actually be performing an illusion and not just socializing with the audience members. So stay tuned for updated information on that!
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.