Linville has a job that's for the birds

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 01:00 AM.

One by one, Linville wrapped each bird in a towel, something he calls a “towel burrito,” calming the bird to a degree so he can go to work filing claws and beaks, and snipping wings.

“When they’re under the blanket, there’s very few words. It’s more squawking and wiggling,” Linville said. “I would rather that they wiggle when they are underneath the towel. It lets me know that things are still OK.”

Some of the birds are fairly calm about the procedures, but others resist.

“They just wiggle and fight the whole way through,” Linville said.

He said Briggs’ birds seem to recognize him.

“The last time I went over there, as soon as I pulled the towel out of my bag, all of their wings went up in the air, the three macaws and even the African gray,” Linville said. “It was funny. It was real quiet when I went in there, but as soon as that towel came out, it sounded like a jungle.”

Linville learned how to groom birds from a bird store owner in Phoenix several years ago. He’ll handle macaws and the cockatiels but doesn’t do smaller birds such as finches and canaries.

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