And they call it parrot love

Report and pictures by: 
Benjamin Seetor

His eyes dart from left to right as he speaks and his body language says he is ready to spring into action at any moment.

But Mr Daniel Kor Chee Wee, 27, is not a shifty criminal – he’s just looking out for his parrots.

He founded Flightmasters in 2010 to educate pet owners on caring for their parrots. He also trains the birds in different flying styles. The bird’s owners pay a yearly fee of up to $400 to join the club so that they can train their parrots under Mr Kor’s guidance.

The club’s founder, who started rearing the brightly-coloured birds when he was 14, turned to stroke one parrotand it cooed in appreciation. Its feathered friends spread their wings and flapped up a dizzying storm of colours as they took flight.

Smiling, Mr Kor said he was spurred to learn as much as he could about parrots after his second parrot, a Sun Conure called Sunny, died from a heart attack in 2005whenit was four years old. An improper diet had resulted in obesity, leading to its death. He said: “I was devastated when it passed away. It triggered me to do more research on taking care of parrots.”

He still has his first parrot, Birdy, a 13-year-old cockatiel. His third parrot, Sunshine, has won competitions. Mr Kor adopted Sunshine when it was 8 years old and trained it for four years. The bird has won four trophies for its tricks and two for its beauty. He now owns 14 parrots of various breeds, including African Greys and Eclectus Parrots. Every day, for about two hours, he grooms and takes his parrots out of his four-room flat. He spends $250 a month on them.

To him, these birds are part of his family. Grinning, he said: “Before I married my wife, I told her she had to accept that parrots are part of my life.”