Tequila is living in parrot paradise — she has a huge cage, loving owners, plenty of fresh fruit and treats and even the chance to go outdoors.

But, despite all this, Tequila needs a bit more attention than her busy owners can give her.

So, Steve and Kim Moore of Danville hope to find the perfect home for their coddled cockatoo.

“It’s got to be somebody who knows and understands birds,” Steve said. “She got to be one of your focuses in your life.”

Tequila doesn’t do well with children, so a single owner or a couple with time to spend with her would be best.

Tequila began plucking her feathers out of boredom when the couple started traveling. She used to have a beautiful coat of feathers, Steve said.

The Moores bought the Moluccan cockatoo in Florida when she was just hatched in July 1996. In August, she was flown up to her new home.

Cockatoos aren’t known for their vocabularies, like African grey and Amazon parrots. She can say her name, as well as phrases such as “pretty bird” and “come here.”

With two girls in the household, who have since grown up and left, Tequila got plenty of attention. The Moores try to have her in the same room with them, but it doesn’t seem to be enough for the bird.

“You really need to spend two hours a day with them,” Steve said.

Although she doesn’t speak too much, Tequila does have a loud squawk.

“She’s a very good watch-bird,” Kim said.

She has different squawks for different occasions. The Moores think she’s worked out a code with the dogs. For example, she has a certain squawk when Steve’s car pulls into the driveways, which the dogs recognize and they don’t bark. She has another screech for strangers, which sets the dogs barking.

The Moores sometimes put her on a perch outdoors, but she pecks on the window to come back in.

She gets fruit everyday, and she also likes oatmeal, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes.

“She’d be great for the right person,” Steve said. “The right person would love her.”

Tequila is affectionate, too, and likes to give her owners “kisses.”

The Moores said they would give the bird and her cage to the right people, but she has to go to a parrot-perfect home — to people who understand parrots and their complex personalities.

The Moore household also includes three rescue pets and one from a breeder.

Fat Cat, now 13, was an abandoned kitten when she joined the household.

Lucy, 12, a chow mix, was wandering along Main Street when she was just 6 weeks old. The couple took her home, and tried unsuccessfully to find her owners.

Maddie, 6, is a chocolate Labrador retriever who came from a local breeder.

Daisy, a pit bull mix, was found on Main Street last November. She was extremely skinny when the Moores found her and took her in. They advertised, looking for her owner, but again were unsuccessful. Daisy is about 1 year old.

The desire to take care of animals, especially strays, has spilled over to their daughter. Stephanie Lynn Moore of Danville adopted a boxer-mix puppy recently from the Humane Society of Danville.

Another daughter, Alana Moore, lives in Indianapolis.

The Moores used to raise Doberman pinschers.

Tequila has had a blessed life — in fact, she’s been blessed by a priest — but at age 13, she has many years ahead of her.

Let’s hope another owner who can give her as much attention as she craves will come forward. If you’re interested, contact me at the number or e-mail address below, and I’ll pass your information on to the Moores.

A former parrot owner myself, I know what a delight these birds can be. But, they also have special needs — it’s almost like having a toddler in the house — and that takes a special person to help them thrive.

If you would like to have your pet featured in this column, contact Mary Wicoff at 477-5161, send an e-mail to mwicoff@dancomnews.com or write to Commercial-News, 17 W. North, Danville, IL 61832.

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