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Bali is about 10-12 years old, mature for a sun conure, but not old. She is energetic and in good health, and she has made great improvements in her diet this past year, enjoying healthy pellets and fruits now (and we're working on veggies!).
Conures have a reputation for being loud, but her mom says Bali is actually quieter than her other birds. Mostly she calls out loudly only when her human flockmate comes home, but that's just her way of saying "Welcome back! I'm so excited to see you I can't help myself!"
She has become very chummy. She likes to pop down her foster mom's shirt, hang out inside and explore, then poke her head out. And if she's not in her cage, she'll fly after her mom whenever she tries to leave the room, as if to say, "Hey! Wait for me!"
To see a sweet video of Bali in action, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs0xmXkVVKs
Bali is still a bit fearful of hands inside her cage but has become much less defensive, and away from her cage she steps up cooperatively. She has opened up remarkably in her new foster home - a testament to both the care and attention she has received and to the strong, loving spirit with which this little one was blessed.
Bali's early life was hard. She lived inside a cabinet without light or fresh air - for how long we don't know. But Bali was lucky enough to be rescued by a kindly man who gave Bali to his daughter. The young woman kept Bali for several years and worked with her to help overcome mistrust of people. But then the daughter's work situation changed, forcing her to be gone for extended periods. So she called Mickaboo, hoping we could find Bali a better home.
At this point, Bali seems to be mostly a one-person bird, which may simply reflect the fact that both her foster parents lived alone. She certainly has a friendly, sociable side, though; when a new person comes to the house and Bali feels safe, she flies over to visit and will land on a friendly shoulder (even with clipped wings, she is a great flier!).
Bali also gets along well with the other birds in her foster flock. The only exception is a grouchy bird who, according to their foster mom, doesn't like anybody anyway (the exception which proves the rule!). She does not like dogs, however, possibly the result of a stretch she spent at a pet store where dogs sometimes would lunge at her cage.
If you think you could give this spirited little survivor a safe, happy and loving home, or to learn more about her, please contact the conure coordinator.
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