Abbotsord’s Pepper Birdie hangs out at Eagle Mountain Park last spring. The conure is one of the most followed pets on Instagram in Abbotsford.

Abbotsford pets of Instagram: Pepper Birdie

Learn more about Abbotsford’s most popular bird on Instagram

This is part three of an ongoing feature on Abbotsford pets with remarkable followings on Instagram. If you have a pet that you feel should be featured, send an email to

Account name: @pepper_birdie

Animal type: Bird

Followers: 388

Posts: 94

Q: When did you get your pet?

A: My husband and I got the pet back in February 2017. He grew up taking care of many budgies during his childhood and decided to get back into being a bird owner again. We did quite a bit of research as we were hoping to get something more interactive than a budgie. We decided on a conure because they are described as “the clown” of the parrot world. Plus, we were hoping to teach it to talk and to do simple tricks to impress our friends and family. After doing our research, we found our baby birdie at Pet Lovers in Abbotsford and after taking it home, it didn’t take very long for Pepper to bond with us. In about a month and a half, we’ll be celebrating Pepper’s third Hatch-Day. We’re planning on building him a beautiful perch as a present!

Q: Why did you decide to start the Instagram account?

A: We decided to start the Instagram account because we realized that there is a whole community of bird parents out there. We liked all the pictures and videos we saw of other conures and enjoyed being able to peek into their day-to-day activities. We wanted to join this online community and share the cute and laughable moments of our birdie’s life with other bird parents out there. Although our friends and family enjoyed the pictures and videos we shared on our personal accounts, they just didn’t understand our joy and pride at the playfulness that was our bird, such as knocking things off tabletops and counters, or learning to fly. With other conure owners online, there is a sense of belonging and understanding amongst us; it’s nice to feel like a part of something positive in the online world.

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Pepper_birdie (@pepper_birdie) on

Q: What do you think makes the account so popular?

A: Pepper_birdie is so popular because we enjoy making people happy. We always post pictures and videos of Pepper that we know will make people smile or laugh along with us. We enjoy putting a variety of pictures up of him playing with little bowling pins, or taking a bird bath in a bowl of cherries that are being washed, or impressing others with his toilet training. There’s also all those food pictures! They’re popular among the humans and the birds apparently! In addition, Pepper, being a yellow-sided green cheek conure, has such vibrant colours that the first thing that anybody ever says about our bird is how beautiful he is with all of his colours. Taking an artistic shot with him is such an easy task because of the way his colours pop in a picture. He’s just one beautiful bird and you can’t deny that fact!

Q: What do you want to achieve with the account?

A: We just want to make people laugh and smile. We like showing him off in pictures and videos online. We also want to reach 500 followers, and eventually 1000 followers, and continue being an active member in the online community of bird parents.

Q: What is your favourite part of running the account?

A: Our favourite part is looking for all the ways our birdie makes us laugh and smile and trying to capture those moments on camera for our Instagram followers, whether they be friends, family, or strangers. Above all, we just love being able to spend time bonding with and loving our bird and allowing others to share in this experience of bird ownership with us.

Author’s note – Responses were generated by Shyen, a co-owner of the bird.

Just Posted

Abbotsford School District puts final offer on table for school support staff

Teamsters Local 31 scheduled to vote on district’s offer on Nov. 25

$10 million in provincial cuts will have little impact on Mission RCMP

BC RCMP needs to cut money from its policing costs

Fewer people, but positive eagle numbers at Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

The rain saw fewer people than last year attend the festival

Mission principal saves goat, praised as hero by kindergarten students

“Today I get to be the hero in their eyes, changing the world one stuck goat at a time”

Great Gatsby event raises funds for Fraser Valley hospitals

Politicians, supporters and more gather in Harrison Hot Springs for fundraising bash

Fashion Fridays: Holiday outfits on a budget

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Smudging in B.C. classroom did not affect Christian family’s faith, says school district lawyer

Lawyers make closing arguments in a Port Alberni case about the Indigenous cultural practice

Canadian Forces member charged with possessing magic mushrooms in Comox

Master Cpl. Joshua Alexander, with the 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, facing two drug related charges

Most B.C. residents, including those hit by 2018 storms, not prepared for outages: report

Create an emergency kit, BC Hydro says, and report all outages or downed lines

Study finds microplastics in all remote Arctic beluga whales tested

Lead author Rhiannon Moore says she wasn’t expecting to see so many microplastics so far north

Services needed in B.C. for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients: doctor, advocates

More patients are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at an earlier age

65-million-year-old triceratops fossil arrives in Victoria

Dino Lab Inc. is excavating the fossilized remains of a Triceratops prosus

B.C. widow sues health authority after ‘untreatable’ superbug killed husband

New Public Agency Health report puts Canadian death toll at 5,400 in 2018

Changes to B.C. building code address secondary suites, energy efficiency

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the changes will help create more affordable housing

Most Read