This family of doves made a special place in our family's hearts. It all began when our barbecue fell down. It was an ugly stone monstrosity, and we really didn't like it anyway. When we had carted it away, it left quite a hole in our backyard. We decided to fill it with something a bit different - an aviary, a big outdoor bird cage. I built a frame with lumber and covered it with chicken wire. I made a door, some perches and a sheltered box. (Birds don't like drafts, I was told.) Now all we needed was to get some birds. We thought that it would be nice to fill the aviary with exotic, colorful tropical birds. The pet shop had a cage full of little parrots, bright green, with purple heads and red tails. "How much are they?"
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