Sunday, June 13, 2021

Q&A with Simba

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own…

Dear Simba,

I am honored to live across the street from you in a small burrow in an empty lot with my mom and dad and my 2 other brothers (or rather I think they’re brothers). I am a burrowing owl chick that hatched this year and sort of a curious creature. I was out of the burrow the other night just around dusk playing with my brother and heard this very loud jungle like sound. I assume it comes from another bird because I was very in tune to it considering I am of the avian species.

Our human who takes photos of us on a regular basis was out with us that night and snapped a photograph of me and my brother while this loud squawking was going on (I’m the one with the tilted head…I told you I am curious). What my brothers and I want to know is what the noise is and do we have anything to worry about?

Signed, Your next door neighbor

Dear Neighbor,

First off let me give you a big welcome to the neighborhood! Better known as the “Greenview Expressway” or “Avian Alley”. The residents on this street give it the “Greenview Expressway” name because for some reason people love to fly up and down this street like it’s the Daytona 500! With that said, just be careful when you venture out on your daily



fledgling training. You kids are tiny so it’s hard to see you. The “Avian Alley” name came to light when we moved in. Between the Bald Eagles that nest down the street, me and my sisters, the huge Blue Jay, Cardinal and Crow community here and now, you little guys moved in, there are birds seen and heard everywhere up and down the street.

Now, as far as your question goes…That loud squawking you hear every morning and every evening are my 2 Macaw sisters “Zazu” and “Kacey”. Although Kacey can act like a predator bird sometimes, there’s nothing to worry about. Her bark is worse than her bite. The reason my Macaw sisters do that is because of their “wild at heart” character. The whole mindset to a captive bird is that you can never tame us. You can only teach us right from wrong. Our human gives us the most natural lifestyle she possibly can, with our huge aviary downstairs in the backyard to letting us squawk and scream at the appropriate times of the day. In the morning/evening the jungle call you hear from the Macaws is about the same decibels as a rock concert or an idling jumbo jet engine (and that is a known statistic). Imagine what it sounds like when you are right next them? It’s a good thing you are across the street little man, after living with these two Macaws for the last three years I’m surprised my human can hear.

Again, welcome to the neighborhood. All of us here on “Avian Alley” wish you a delightful and harmonious stay on our little street of paradise.

Fondly, Simba

Simba is owned by Christina Giordano. If you have any questions you would like Simba to answer, please email them to: Ask


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