Young, male cockatiel bird outside its bird cage. Showing the distinctive yellow plumage of this lovely and intelligent bird.
When I was a child, my family owned a cockatiel parrot named Rodney. Rodney was a parrot who thought she was a dog and she was an escape artist. Even when we put her in her cage, she always found a way to escape. Her wings were clipped, but she could glide very well. Because she thought she was a dog, she would follow all the dogs in the house and sometimes boss them around. Her favorite spot would be perching on my father’s shoulder.
Also, my neighborhood has a flock of wild parrots who fly over us and scream. Some people wake up to rooster crows, but my neighborhood wakes up to these parrots’ screams. It is because of these parrots that the local ravens and crows don’t attack the smaller birds.
Parrots are the smartest animals in the world. They have the problem solving skills of a six-year-old child in a brain the size of a walnut.
I am thinking of doing a homage to Rodney and my neighborhood parrots by making a fantasy creature that is parrot-like.
A heren was on my front lawn today. It was a pretty bird.
Out of the many birds out there, I think the most interesting candidate for a reverse engineering project would be the cassowary. The reason for this is because the cassowary is already VERY dinosaur-like in appearance. One look at its eyes and you see the eyes of a dinosaur. Also, the cassowary has powerful scaly legs and feet tipped with sickle-shaped claws like a raptor. Just like a raptor, when the cassowary is provoked it delivers strong kicks that have enough force to kill. In addition to those kicks, the cassowary’s claws are sharp enough to gut a grown human, which is something a Velociraptor would do. Cassowaries can run up to 30 miles per hour and jump six feet in the air. All of these traits combined make the cassowary one of the most dangerous birds in the world. Their diet consists of fruit, mice, lizards, frogs, and carrion, all of which makes them omnivores. Imagine how this animal would look if it was retro-engineered back into a true dinosaur. I will keep this in mind as I brainstorm.