Coco Calling: No. 61 - Favourite nooks and crannies

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot I’m an irrepressible bird, so I love to go exploring around the house. And I always get very excited if I find some nook or cranny that I can squeeze into. I suppose these places serve as potential nest sites, look-out posts and roosting spots. But not only that; they are also places where I feel comfortable and safe. You see, just like many humans, parrots like to feel safe and secure. The world around us is not a Garden of Eden; we exist in a world of predator and prey, threat and menace. So we grab every opportunity that we can to “feel safe.” And so it is for humans. They like to feel safe in their houses by locking their doors and windows. They

Coco Calling: No. 60 - Feeling Welcome

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot If a new human visits our house, and I feel comfortable with them, I usually lift and then open my wings out. It’s a kind of warm parrot welcome which is intended to say that “I like you and trust you.” The world is full of “strangers” who want to feel both welcome and wanted. And in parts of the Czech Republic, many humans still practise the particularly nice custom of laying an extra place at the family dinner table, just in case someone should turn up at the door. And it can be quite daunting when we enter a place without knowing anyone else there. Such as the day I first came home with my human owner. A first day at school or university. Starti

Coco Calling: No. 59 - Searching for the “Right Thing”

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot My friend Einstein, the African Grey, recently attended an international conference for the world’s brainiest parrots. Known as “The Assembly of Beaky Geeks,” this annual event allows parrot geniuses from far and wide to come together to consider the way the world is going. Top of the agenda was why humans are so intent upon space exploration. Humans in Europe, Japan, Russia, the U.S.A., India and China are all busy sending their rockets into space in the hope that “they will discover something.” Exactly what, nobody seems to know. But they all get terribly excited every time one of their rockets or space-ships sets off or touches down. And the Beaky

Coco Calling: No. 58 - A Cathedral of Love?

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Parrots are vain! Obsessed with having beautiful feathers. And quite a few humans are exactly the same………. We can all fall into the trap of judging everything by its immediate physical form. We get sucked in by the allure of beauty, image, wealth, success and “celebrity status.” We can take everything around us at “face value.” But what really lies behind the façade? I know of a crippled human man who’s in constant pain. He needs crutches and a wheelchair to get around. So if you placed him next to “Mr. Universe 2019”, who would you be more drawn to? And then there’s dear old grandma who lives on the

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