The Cast of Characters

  • Name: Stephanie Jackson
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Human (Homo sapiens)
  • Date of Birth: September 8th, 1977

teaugly I've been fascinated by animals since I was a young girl, and have been lucky enough to have the time and resources to live with, learn from, and study all sorts of animals.

High Tea
  • Name: High Tea
  • Nickname: Tea
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)
  • Date of Birth: April 3rd, 2003
  • Date of Death: December 3rd, 2014
  • Blog posts about Tea

teaugly Sometimes you choose your friends. And sometimes, things just fall into place.
In June of 2003, we were at a pet store to buy one of the thousands of pet supplies that we usually get, and we ran across a small parrot, muddy and ugly colored. After several weeks of research, we finally decided that we could make acceptable parrot owners, and brought home this silly colored bird.

tea06In the first six months that Tea lived with us, I taught him to bite me and to scream for attention. I learned precisely how loud they meant when they said 'sun conures are really loud birds'. I cried on several occasions, I wondered what exactly I had gotten myself into... And I learned.

He was (and frequently still is) the most obnoxious creature I have ever met.

And yet, nothing has thrilled me more than watching him molt into his adult colors, watching him explore the universe, learning how to fly. We have both learned a lot about each other, and we learn more every day.

Unfortunately, Tea passed away of cancer at 11 years of age.


  • Name: Anisette
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Green cheek conure, cinnamon turquoise color mutation (Pyrrhura molinae)
  • Date of Birth: March 21st, 2003
  • Blog posts about Anisette

Stilton and Anisette outside

Update on them shortly.

  • Name: Stilton
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Green cheek conure, turquoise color mutation (Pyrrhura molinae)
  • Date of Birth: April 17th, 2003
  • Date of Death: August 17th, 2008

Stilton and Anisette outside

  • Name: Cinereo
  • Nickname: Cin (sounds like Sin)
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
  • Date of Birth: July 31st, 2003
  • Blog posts about Cinereo

cincrawler I'll admit it. After several months of owning conures, I thought I was more than ready to deal with an African grey. How different could they really be?

Really, really, really different.

  • Name: Kyklos
  • Nickname: Ky (pronounced Key)
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Double yellow head Amazon (Amazona oratrix)
  • Date of Birth: April 24th, 2004
  • Blog posts about Kyklos


  • Name: Theodore
  • Nickname: Theo
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna)
  • Date of Birth: September 3th, 1989.
  • Blog posts about Theo


  • Name: Caviar Caliginous Mordant Von Soot
  • Short: Caviar
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Black lory (Chalcopsitta atra atra)
  • Date of Birth: September 18th, 2006.
  • Blog posts about Caviar


  • Name: Buffy
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Blue fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva xanthopteryx)
  • Date of Birth: Unknown, wild caught
  • Date of Death: April 24th, 2005


  • Name: Pineapple
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Peach faced lovebird, lutino color mutation (Agapornis roseicoll is)
  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Date of Death: August 29, 2013
  • Blog posts about Pineapple

Pineapple plays Risk

  • Name: Schrödinger
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Scarlet macaw (Ara macao)
  • Date of Birth: May 4th, 2008
  • Date of Death: September 25th, 2012
  • Blog posts about Schrodinger

Schrodinger flies

  • Name: Williams
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Quaker parrot (Myiopsitta monachus)
  • Date of Birth: February 15th, 2009
  • Date of Death: September 25th, 2011


  • Name: Chipotle
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Crimson bellied conure (Pyrrhura perlata perlata)
  • Date of Birth: ~2008
  • Date of Death: June 23, 2012
  • Blog posts about Chipotle


  • Name: Artichoke
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Black capped conure (Pyrrhura rupicola)
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 2013
  • Blog posts about Artichoke


  • Name: Radish
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Cherry headed conure (Psittacara erythrogenys)
  • Date of Birth: ???
  • Blog posts about Radish


  • Name: Tlalli
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Greenwing macaw (Ara chloropterus)
  • Date of Birth: April 30, 2008
  • Blog posts about Tlalli

Tlalli outside

  • Name: Akeelah
  • Sex: Female
  • Species: Timneh grey parrot (Psittacus timneh)
  • Date of Birth: early 2008
  • Blog posts about Akeelah


  • Name: Cody
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Red lored Amazon parrot (Amazona autumnalis)
  • Date of Birth: 2005
  • Blog posts about Cody


  • Name: Elliot
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Red bellied parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris)
  • Date of Birth: May 2010
  • Blog posts about Elliot




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