Village Life – Tweet Tweet Talking Birds

parrot udon thani

This month village life got a lot noisier. A high volume of tweets now reverberate around our garden. Not Twitter tweets, bird ones, and a mixed bag of chirps they are. Wonderful Wi has gone bird crazy and added a feathered menagerie to her collection of dogs, game birds and that squirrel.

Village Life – Bird Menagerie

village life udon thani

A baby parrot came first. Quite a cute fella. Or sweet-looking girl. Not sure which but he/she was soon named Lucky minutes after Wilai won 20,000 baht on the Thai lottery. Lucky can’t fly yet but while grounded is having plenty of words fed its way. Bird pellets, banana and broccoli as well. Can you spot Lucky having a knees-up in the photograph?

budgies udon thani

The budgies arrived next. First two, then four more – 180 baht each. Wilai is hoping to breed them although a wider aviary may be needed to do that. I’ve since read budgies fly horizontally not vertically and a budgerigar aviary should have greater width than height. A nesting box has been added and Wilai is hoping that might bring Valentine’s Day forward a tweet or two. I still think the cage needs to be wider.

village life udon thani - myna birds

Last but certainly not least were the myna birds. Two of them. Big talkers they are too and they’ve become very popular with the locals, especially kids. Wilai’s garden som tum stall did good business after the two birds arrival.

The myna birds chirp lots of words and phrases which sound very clear. I’m not too sure all of what they are saying but greetings I understand and I’m told they also predict the next winning Thai lottery numbers. That explained the sizable interest from many of the older locals.

Myna birds, budgies and a parrot. Whatever next? Hopefully, baby budgerigars.

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I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

4 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    Myna birds are great fun. I smuggled two over the border way back when. Mine would escape periodically but could be tempted back into their cages by using their call. You can also call wild mynas and they will call back to you and come near. They are smart birds (worth every baht).

    These days I don’t have birds – I have cats. Big cats. Maine Coons would make short work of birds (and some dogs even).

  2. Martyn says:

    Hi Catherine – Good to hear from you. I’ve followed your cat escapades on Facebook. Wilai wanted a cat but I convinced her it might meet trouble with the local dogs and that wouldn’t be good.

    As soon as she heard the myna birds talking she had to have them.

  3. John says:

    No birds here in ban dong yen lol just gone bug crazy its was like the plauge last night lol
    Keep dropping buy for a read all the best john nou jamie

  4. Martyn says:

    Cheers John. Hope you and Jamie are having fun. Enjoy your beers in Ban Dung.

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