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Nila being cute (again)

Post by InTheAir » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:15 pm

I don't know how this little bird fits so much talent, brains, good looks and personality into one small body!
We just discovered he has another musical talent when Dave was playing his guitar the other evening.
http://youtu.be/lT9wuGpLw_k

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Post by MissK » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Both your musical boys in green - just delightful!
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Post by InTheAir » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:33 pm

Hehehe David's pretty talented too!
By the way the horrible squeaking noise Nila makes in the second bit is his attempt at saying David. He started repeating it back to me a couple nights ago, he's saying it much clearer already.

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:04 am

That is the cutest thing ever :D Nila obviously has good taste in music. Love that song! I was singing along to the video. But Zeppelins version doesn't have peekaboo in the lyrics :wink:
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Post by ellieelectrons » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:21 am

Ahhhh Nila. Love it! Well done.

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Post by InTheAir » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:21 am

Skyes_crew wrote:That is the cutest thing ever :D Nila obviously has good taste in music. Love that song! I was singing along to the video. But Zeppelins version doesn't have peekaboo in the lyrics :wink:
Nila likes to put his unique twist on covers by improvising his own lyrics. I'll subtitle the next one :mrgreen:

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:07 am

Stairway to "Peekaboo" :lol:
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:53 pm

:D
There's a birdy who knows all the glitters is sunflower seeds
And she's flying the stairway to peek a boo.

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:26 pm

LMBO :lol:
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:05 pm

Btw you know how birdies like to make up sentences. .. Nila spent hours practising "AAAAVVV idd good boy" yesterday. I have a feeling Dave is going to get trained by a bird one day soon!

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:40 pm

Dave wave...good boy...treat :D

Skye put together hello? Coooome heeeere it's the two things I yell up the stairs to the kids lol. For a female she's got an awesome vocabulary.

I passed Mack's cage this morning and he said hey babe. Wonder where he got that from :roll:
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:16 pm

Lol
I hope Nila will start using words in context. So far, besides wolf whistling at me in the shower, the only time he uses imitation in context is to whistle us to come to the kitchen when he's hungry.

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Post by jmlw7 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:27 am

Nila has a lovely voice :mrgreen:

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Post by InTheAir » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:27 pm

Thanks, jmlw, he certainly seems to like the sound of it :mrgreen:

Here's another musical video: http://youtu.be/KNN6iYm3LtM Don't worry, it's short!
for some reason when I tried to reduce the quality of the video it has sort of chopped Nila out of shot in places, but you get the idea anyway.

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Post by Skyes_crew » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:17 pm

We need to get Nila a grass skirt lol.
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Post by InTheAir » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:21 pm

Om nom nom. He'd love that, it would be like a portable chew toy for him lol

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Post by MissK » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:35 pm

You do realize that I now believe there are no limits and I want him to strum that while standing on the fret board and choosing (not chewsing) notes of a song. He can fret with his feet.
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Post by Skyes_crew » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:17 pm

If he gets to that level, I think Jay Leno should fly that bird out to Hollywood :D
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Post by ellieelectrons » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:18 am

Claire, that's lovely.

I'm afraid that if Jay flew Nila to USA, Nila probably wouldn't be allowed back into Australia.

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:01 am

Oh how sad :( then he'd have to come stay with me :wink:
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:23 am

Nila wouldn't like jay leno, he dislikes people who aren't confident with parrots. He wouldn't like a tv studio either.

He probably wouldn't mind a short holiday in Hawaii though. .. or maybe that's just me putting words in his mouth.
But, Melissa, after a week of him shouting "David" at the top of his range you would be putting him straight on that plane home :mrgreen:

Missk, Nila says "do you mean like this?" Ummm I'm putting words in his mouth again, he actually said "David david david. David what are you doin?"....  http://youtu.be/eTvpHz9gl0Q 

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Post by MissK » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:13 am

Oooh yeah! I expect a jingle by Christmas!
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:44 pm

Not likely to happen! Maybe when we get him a friend it can do the fingering and Nila can strum :D

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:47 pm

What about a duet? Dave can do the chords and Nila can strum :D
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:28 pm

Mel, we did try that once. Dave insisted Nila strummed over the sound hole though. Nila insisted that the hole had been invented so he could put the pick in it! He loves dropping things in there... if you leave the ukulele on the table you can find all his little toys in it within minutes. He's so cute and clever!

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Post by ellieelectrons » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:48 pm

Lol.

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Post by Skyes_crew » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:29 pm

Ummm...that's not what those holes are for??? :wink:
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Post by InTheAir » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:32 am

I think I've confused the poor wee thing with all these different games.

The most cutest moment of confusion has to be when I was trying to explain the baby grand piano to him. He can't get a sound out of it, not even when he stands on the keys. He was getting really frustrated until he had an idea.... He ran across the table, came back with the ukulele pick and proceeded to strum at the piano keys!

I videoed it when I realised what he was doing, but I had missed the eureka moment where he went for the pick by then.

Has anyone got any idea of how to explain the concept of pressing down hard on a key? I can't think of a nice way of doing it so the baby piano is now an ornament.

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Post by MissK » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:55 am

My best guess is let dave model it and treat dave. Maybe gently press the bird onto the keys until they sound and treat for the sound?
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Post by Skyes_crew » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:45 am

MissK wrote:My best guess is let dave model it and treat dave. Maybe gently press the bird onto the keys until they sound and treat for the sound?
Nila already knows how to say good boy Dave :D

how hard are the keys to push? Are you going for foot or beak? My first idea would be to tape Popsicle sticks to the keys to lengthen the keys and to give Nila leverage. Make them like handles he has to pull down or push down. Then over time clip a little length off of the Popsicle stick until its even again.
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Post by InTheAir » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:11 pm

Lol missk, dave is getting fed up with having to pretend he likes eating oat groats!

We have been considering something similar to the popsicle stick idea, it's probably going to be the way to go.

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