Stylish Pets: David Farrier's Parrot Keith
A day in the life of the television host's pet sun conure
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David Farrier's pet parrot Keith is almost as well-known as he is. If he could talk, the Newsworthy host's sun conure would have this to say:
My favourite food is whatever is being eaten by the human whose shoulder I am sitting on. This can include toast, yoghurt, cereal, salad, eggs and roast chicken. If you don’t give me what you are eating, I will bite you so hard you will get tears in your eyes.
I like to be scratched just behind my eyes, and just below my ear (which is a gaping hole hidden under my feathers). I also sometimes will lift up my wings but only if I am in a super trusting mood.
I like to annoy my owner by screaming in his ear when he least expects it. I also like to keep him on his toes by biting him at random times for no apparent reason.
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is scream and ring my bell until I get attention. Works every time.
When visitors come over I clamber all over them and pick holes in their clothes.
My favourite place to sleep is preferably under the covers. I am a weird breed of bird that likes to cuddle. I am more like a cat or a rat than a bird.
I hate it when my owner leaves me alone for more than 2-3 seconds.
When I’m feeling naughty I throw seed all over the room. Not just seed, but any food. I just get it, pretending I want to eat it, then just chuck it across the room.
My favourite sounds are talkback. I like to listen to New Zealand’s biggest idiots ring up and talk on the radio.
My best friend is David Farrier. He’s my only proper friend and I will be with him pretty much until he dies, because I live for about 30 years.
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