Wednesday, November 30, 2011

That is One Big Parrot!

Okay, admit it: Size does matter! So we're having a contest. We're looking for the world's largest companion parrot. We're not talking breeders or one of those nine pound Kakapo parrots that shag inquisitive reporter's heads. We're talking pet parrots. Companion parrots. And we're talking size as measured by verified weight.

Here's our submission: Princess Tara is our Hyacinth macaw parrot, and our third parrot, weighing in at 3.5 pounds (1,588 grams). As far as we can tell, she's the largest parrot in Seattle. And she's a real princess: Her parents are a Duke and a Duchess! But even at 3.5 pounds she's not the largest parrot in Washington state.

We know of two parrots reported to weigh 3.8 pounds: A Scarlet macaw in Shoreline, just north of Seattle; and a Greenwing macaw named Chevy in Graham, south of Seattle.

Greenwing macaw named Chevy belonging to Sonya Brewer of Graham, Washington, weighing in at 3.8 pounds!

Surely someone somewhere must have a four pound parrot. Five pound parrot? Let's see what other people have in the way of large parrots. Send us digital photos of your parrot, along with a verified weight (usually provided during a vet check). Let's set Christmas Day as the deadline. Submissions will be posted and the winner announced on Boxing Day.

Just FYI: One pound equals 453.6 grams. Gram weight will determine the winner. In the event of a tie, multiple prizes will be awarded.

Here's what the winner will win: We will make up a custom tee-shirt for you (any size) with your parrot's photo featured on the sweatshirt, just like Princess Tara below.

Good Luck!

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