Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me; Jenny Gardiner
About the same time the author and her husband were beginning a family, Graycie, arrived from Zaire. It was the 80's and the African Gray parrot was a gift to the family from the author's brother-in-law. Little did the couple know, that although Grays are known to be great talkers, not ALL are friendly birds, and many of them outlive their owners. The author shares, in her brutally honest memoir, the many many hazards of parrot ownership. From constantly cleaning up sticky bird poop with feathers attached, while trying to avoid getting pecked on by a bird with a killer beak, owning a bird like Graycie will make you think twice about acquiring such a pet.
Seriously, this book was not only a brutally, honest story about Graycie, the African gray parrot, it was a laugh-out- loud funny and touching memoir as well. Graycie can imitate the smoke detector, sing, yell at the family dog, sneeze and burp like humans and perform a wide variety of other, welcome and not-so-welcomed behaviors. (You have to read the book to believe them).
The author encourages prospective parrot owners to do their homework first. If you are still convinced an African Grey is the pet for you, then consider adopting one from a parrot rescue organizations in this country. There are many parrots desperate for loving homes, and many are friendlier than Graycie as well.
In my opinion, this memoir should have been called: What you Need to Know Before You Buy An African Gray Parrot on Impulse.
You can take a look at Graycie HERE and listen to the author a bit as well. RECOMMENDED - 4/5 stars
(Book was received free of charge for review)