Children and families got a visit from some colorful, tropical friends from South America at “Parrots!” on July 1 in Stone Mountain.
Hosted by the DeKalb County Public Library’s Hairston Crossing branch, the celebration of the vivid and animated birds was fun for all ages as participants concluded the program with birds perching on their arms for pictures.
“We love being at events like this because of the way children’s eyes light up when they see the birds show off their feathers,” said Brenda Bean, who has more than 30 years experience training the birds. “But this show is for everybody. People of all ages are thrilled to become acquainted with parrots and to learn how they compare to the birds we see every day.”
Attendees of the show met three beautiful birds, all with their own personality. There was “Keeli,” the schizophrenic scarlet macaw whose feathers were basically a rainbow on his body; “Nikki,” a blue and gold macaw and a large, three-pound royal blue hyacinth macaw by the name of “Max.” The blue bird was a crowd favorite because he is very similar to the starring bird in the animated film, “Rio.”
But there weren’t just birds, Brenda Bean’s Great Dane dog, “Albert,” also got in on the act. The gentle giant walked around the crowd with “Nikki” on his back.
The DeKalb County Public Library will host several events throughout the summer. For more information on free events like this one, call 404-370-8450.