Birds of the Month Page 2, October 2004
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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This lovely bird's name is Bo and he is owned by Brittany. She said, " I've had
Bo for about 6 years now.
He's the most well-behaved bird I've ever owned. He's never
bitten anyone in his life. I got Bo at the pet store after
my parakeet flew out the window. To be honest, I'm not exactly
sure of what kind of cockatiel he is or whether he's a boy or
a girl. I figured since he's 6 years old and he hasn't laid
any eggs yet, that he's a boy. Either way, it doesn't really
matter. He's the best pet I've ever had.
Bo can't say any words or whistle any cool tunes. He just makes various tones of tweets,
tweets, annoyed tweets, curious question tweets,
chill-relaxed tweets and hissing when he's scared
or really mad. What he lacks in vocal abilities, he makes
up for in his wonderful personality and attitude. As soon as I
walk in the door and he hears my voice he demands to be
let out of his cage. He knows when I'm eating something
that can be shared with him and he won't let me get away
with eating the whole thing by myself! If he's in the mood
to take a shower with me, he'll let me know right away by
screaming at me to let him out. He's pretty spoiled,
but the sweetest little thing you'll ever meet--not to mention, very photogenic!"
KC said this about her family's new bird, Bob White. "He was our grandmother's baby. She got him when he was a baby
and now he is 2 years old. About 2 months ago our strong and lively little granny started
complaining of a backache. After the many tests she endured we found out that she had bone
cancer. On our last visit with Granny she was so precious, telling
my 7 year old little girl how to take care of Bob White. My little girl did not know at
the time how sick Granny was and she just thought that Granny was just telling her how to
take care of Bob White while in the hospital. Granny
went home to be with the Lord 2 weeks ago and we miss here so much. However, we feel like we
have a little part of her because she left "Bob White" to our little girl in her will.
We feel so fortunate to have gotten something that she loved so much and that was so
precious and dear to her. We are excited but a little nervous because we have never had a bird.
Bob White is adjusting well to his new home. He wasn't taken out of his cage
too much so he's a biter. We had his wings trimmed so hopefully he will warm up to
us. I know I have to be patient. He
has been through so much these past few months. Bob White is letting me feed him
his special treats by hand. He whistles "Bob White", that's why Granny named him
and he does whistle to us when we walk by. He's getting lots and lots of attention, maybe to much!"
This 4 month old pearl cockatiel's name is Olivia. She is owned by Kellie who
said "I bought
Olivia at a pet store. She went nuts when she
saw me and whistled her head off! I fell in love with
her personality immediately. When I go to visit my mom, I take Olivia to see "grandma."
She loves to visit Spirit, my mom's cockatiel. Olivia went to stay at grandma's
for a week while I had my apartment redone. She had
way too much fun with Spirit. She followed him
everywhere and whistled her head off. She also began
singing her name "Liviaaaaaa." I often sing her name
to her and she picked it up rather quickly. Olivia's week long visit ended with
MALE cockatiel laying eggs. Needless to say,
Spirit is a girl and my Olivia is probably a boy. Since she already knows her
name, I don't have the heart to change it. Olivia personality can best be
described as part Robin, Finch, Woodpecker, Cockatiel and human. She makes some other noises but
I haven't figured out what they are yet. She loves to
sing along to music and loves traveling in my car. She only likes to eat finch seed.
offered her a piece of popcorn and she kicked it off like a football.
Olivia loves kisses
and rarely bites hard, unless I'm putting her back in her cage. She loves everybody and will go
to anyone, including children. I
have never met a bird with so much personality. She's definitely a show off! One only has to meet
her to fall in love."
This is Fluke, Olivia's cockatiel. Olivia said, "She is not even a year old. I got her by luck and from
pet shop. The pet shop had a big cage and the glass was off the top so you could touch the birds. Fluke and another
bird were divided from the rest of the birds because they had
a different breeder. Fluke was the only 1 that would let me hold her. I fell in love with her and decided that
she was the bird for me, even though
her tail feathers were ruffled, short and torn up. Her tail feathers are long and beautiful
now. Within a week she was perching on my finger and would let me scratch her
Her favorite toys are always the bright ones, like her colored
rings with a bell on it and things she can't have. She loves picking
at earrings something we all hate. Fluke also likes to pick at your hair and being a pest.
As soon as she hears my voice she starts calling for me. Fluke mostly eats seeds
but she will eat vegetables and fruits. She loves Cheerios and she knows what she wants and when she wants it. She loves to go
everywhere you go. She also enjoys running across the keyboard, looking at
the monitor or taking rides on the mouse. Although Fluke isn't talking yet,
we're working on it. She's a great bird and I know she's here to
Sunny Boy is another one of Helen's cockatiels. Charlie's, one of her other
cockatiels, picture and story
are on the first page of August Birds. Helen said, "When Sonny Boy was born
I handfed for months. He became very tame. I then bought this computer
and had another baby bird by Ozzie & Charlie. I didn't have as much time
for Sonny Boy as I would have liked and didn't spend much time with him.
Now he doesn't want to be held. If he lands on the floor while flying,
he will perch on my finger and let me put him in his cage but that's
the extent of his friendliness. I think he's my prettiest bird.
At times he can be so sweet, getting close to me and tilting his
head as if trying to understand what I'm saying. When Charlie started having health problems, I had
even less time for Sunny Boy. I really wish I had more
time for him".
This is Geoff's new cockatiel, whose name is Binky. Geoff said, "I am now the proud owner of a beautiful 9 week old cockatiel.
My bird is a male, (I think). He's probably one of very few pied cockatiels
that has only one gray feather. I am told by the breeder that the mother
and father did a great job raising him and he weaned at about 6 weeks
which is very young. After calling all the bird breeders within an hour
of my house, this was the last place I found. They told me that they
had 2 babies still for sale and I rushed right out that day. I fell
in love with him as he let me hold and smooch him. I put a hold on
him that day then went out to the pet shop to get his cage and toys set up. I returned
to the breeder three days later to bring him him home. I hope to spend many years
loving and admiring my bird."
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