Monta’s Song

Monta likes singing when he’s happy and relaxed. He doing it right now, as he is crawling over my fingers while I’m trying to type this. He is intently staring at the screen when I play back the video.

As my friends know by now, only the males sing. One person described the java sparrow song as sounding like Star Trek phasers.

Mon was on Monta’s swing just now. I never saw that before. She’s getting adventurous in her old age.

 

Happy Labor Thanksgiving Day and… Mon’s 7th and Monta’s 6th Birthday!

You all know it’s a national holiday in Japan today – Labor Thanksgiving Day, which falls one day before the U.S. Thanksgiving Day this year.

But did you also know it’s Mon’s 7th and Monta’s 6th birthday?

Here are their official birthday portraits!

 

Mon actually cooperated and sat still for her photo

Mon actually cooperated and sat still for her photo

 

Mon still cooperating

Mon still cooperating

 

Mon looking regal

Mon looking regal

 

And here's Monta

And here’s Monta

 

One more of Monta

One more of Monta

 

Four of these photos are actually iPhone “live photos” so I turned the last one of Monta into a 10 second YouTube video. It’s the live photo repeating itself 3 times, but cute. There wasn’t much action in the other live photos.

 

Anyway, off to celebrate Mon and Monta’s birthday now!

 

 

Monta’s 4th anniversary here with us!

Monta came to live with us exactly 4 years ago today! I found him on a java sparrow adoption site, and ran over to Mitaka to take him home to keep Mon company. These photos are from this morning. Click to see the collage larger.

And you can see Monta the day he arrived, on November 6, 2012, here. Perhaps he’s gotten a little greyer, but he’s just as lively as the day he came home with me.

 

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Mon and Monta fighting

Mon and Monta have been seriously fighting all day. I’ve never seen anything like that. They always squabble a little, but nothing like this (play the video). Mon was even getting on board Monta’s swing, which she never does, and was fighting with him. I think she was the instigator. When they weren’t fighting they were in a stand-off staring at each other getting ready to fight. I’ve separated them into separate cages for now (for the first time in years!) and they finally seem to have calmed down, each resting their respective nests. It’s very unnerving.

 

A stand-off

A stand-off

In separate cages to calm down.

In separate cages to calm down.