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Notes from the Spring Poll

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Naming a pet, like naming a child, is often a difficult and heart-felt process. Unlike human children, however, pet owners are not burdened with the idea that the name's recipient may someday be teased about the chosen name. As a result, pet names allow move levity than their human counterparts. This spring, asked you what you named your birds, and why. The results were entertaining, enlightening and sometimes inspiring.

As is obvious, birds get there names for many reasons. However, we did notice several common themes running through the poll. The most common sources for names are: birds named for famous people, birds named after things they do, birds named after things they look like and the "the name just fit" category.

Many folks mentioned that their birds were named after famous people or characters. Visitor Mel named his Rose-breasted Cockatoo "Lucy" after the lovable red-head Lucille Ball (with whom the bird shares a comical personality). Senegal Parrot "Sally" is named after Charlie Brown's football-stealing sister. Owner Kathy reports that, like young Ms. Brown, Sally the Senegal is sometimes pushy, but is mostly a lovable and gregarious character (Sally's owner didn't mention the football thing). Visitor Andrea named her African Grey "Sweet Pea" after Popeye's adopted child. Andrea says they are both sweet and lovable, but can be quite mischevious! Kathy H changed her Maximillion Pionus's name from "Maxi" to "BacBak" after an entertaining court jester she observed on television. Other owners had even higher namesakes for their feathery friends. Orange Winged Amazon "Abendigo" was named for a bible character saved by his faith, while Budgie "Apollo" is named for a Greek god!

Many people also said they named their birds after things that the birds do. For instance, "Shake" a Quaker owned by Kellie Sisson Snyder was named for the excited shiver he gets when he sees his owner. "Tik Toc," the Senegal, is so named because he imitates the clock. Sally the Senegal's brother cockatiel was easily named: when Kathy got him he said the name "Herbie" over and over again. Obviously, that just had to be his name! Auslander reported that his bird "Houdini" is so named because he can escape from anything - his owners are yet to figure out how he does it! Finally, owner Jessie named her cockatoo "Pooh-too" for two reasons: first, they got the bird a Winnie the Pooh toy to play with as a baby and, second, they day they named her was the first day she "pooped" on Jessie! At least the name is well deserved!

A bird's looks are also a great source of names. Apollo's green Budgie friend is named "Erin," an Irish name reminiscent of the "Green Isle." Three's Company's female Solomon Island Eclectus is named "Tiara," meaning "crown of jewels." Her owner felt the name appropriate for a bird of such stunning beauty. Sarah D. reported two great names reflective of her birds' unique looks. When she received a feather-plucked Brown Headed Parrot, it was dubbed "Gojira" (go-hee-ra) after the cult-worshiped lizard Godzilla. Her Budgie "Quasimodo" is named for a unique congenital bend to his spine.

The final common souce of parrot names falls under the "it just fit" catagory. Some owners reported that they didn't really have a reason for their feathered friend's name, they just watched and observed, and the name just came. Hahn's Macaw "Marlon" and African Grey "Slick" both received their names this way and their owners report that the names fit like a glove!

Now for the awards!
The award for most clever name source goes to visitor Ginny's Hyacinth Macaw "JBond." Mr. Bond's name was set to be "Clancy" until the Ginny picked up her new addition and noticed his band number: 007! Of course, the name stuck. We are not sure if he likes his bird food "shaken, not stirred..."

The award for the most unusual name goes to Carla Crawford and her Blue and Gold Macaw. After a long deliberation they hand almost resigned to calling him "Baby" until Carla's husband mentioned a friend he had in Mississippi. Then Carla remembered a name she knew was common in that area. The name was "Beaudreaux" (Boo-dro) and it seemed to fit the bird to a proverbial "T." would like to thank everyone who participated in the Spring Poll. We hope our visitors had as much fun as we did in reading the survey results!

Our Summer Survey begs the question: "What is the weirdest habit your bird has?" To participate, please visit our poll page here: Summer Poll