Poor Merlin. Nothing my sweet Bronze-Wing Pionus does, no matter how cute he poses, Bandit the Nanday is just not interested in scratching Merlin’s head. His own coiffure is more important.
Merlin tries the mimic technique here – maybe if he patterns scratching his own noggin, Bandit will get the idea.
The “back of the head” posture doesn’t seem to make much of an impression. Merlin moves on to a “scratch the chin” pose.
Bandit throws me a little look, “Yea, right, like I’m going to fall for THAT maneuver”.
Mom takes pity at this point and gives Merlin a good scratch around the ears and up along the back of the neck feathers, while Bandit adjusts some of his wing feathers.
I try to be fair and give Bandit a quick scratch. Merlin lets me know he doesn’t think we were quite done! Poor little bird, always getting short shrift.
Smirks Bandit, “I rule the roost here in Wazeau’s World.”