Linville has a job that's for the birds


Mike Linville, of Havelock, works as a bird groomer. He said pet birds usually need to be groomed about every three months.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 01:00 AM.

Mike Linville has a way with birds.

Some of his clients call him “The Bird Whisperer.”

Linville, owner of Bird Grooming by Mr. Mike, makes house calls to trim beaks, claws and wings on parrots. It’s a unique job with a clientele that’s known for high intelligence and sometimes arrogant attitudes that are occasionally displayed through colorful vocabulary.

“I would say more than half most definitely have an attitude,” Linville said of the parrots he grooms.

The 45-year-old Havelock man said he is usually spared four-letter words from the tongues of the macaws and cockatiels he grooms, but he has become used to a little bit of beak.

“Folks, when they call me, they are convinced that I’m not going to be able to do anything because they’re so used to getting bit,” Linville said. “I just dive right in there. It doesn’t matter what horror stories I hear. Before the end of the session, I’m playing with their beak and kissing their beak and I basically don’t have a fear of getting bit. When I leave, they look at me with disbelief and shock.”

Recently, Linville groomed three blue and gold macaws and an African Gray parrot at Holly Briggs’ house in Havelock.

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