Birds of the Month, September 2004
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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Cinnamon has just celebrated his first birthday on June 22! He belongs to
Sarah. Sarah said, "Cinnamon was having many problems with
broken, bleeding blood feathers when we first got him. His breeder clipped his wings
too short. We've
spent a lot of time at the emergency room because of this. We had to keep
him inside of a glass aquarium until his flight feathers
grew back. We then got them clipped properly by our
avian vet. We couldn't ask for a sweeter baby. He is very friendly to
everyone. He loves to play with his bell and
wooden buttons. His favorite table foods are broccoli, ham, corn and spaghetti.
He will dive into a plate of spaghetti, joyfully eating and
getting very messy! He always gets a shower after eating spaghetti! He loves spreading his wings on his
shower perch and getting himself soaked! Cinnamon talks in his own created
language but he also wolf whistles constantly and can say "Hi, Baby!" and
"I'm a pretty bird!" Cinnamon does a great imitation of
the kitchen timer and brushing teeth. While we
are vacuuming, he whistles, creating
his own birdie opera. He likes to cuddle before bedtime, getting head rubs
and giving out preens for ears and hair. We love him very dearly and are
so happy he's in our lives."
Sweetie, on the right, is a 2 year old adopted female. She was given to Kelly because her
owners didn't want to take care of her after they got a new puppy. Kelly said,
"When she was first bought, they took her out of the cage all the time but after the excitement wore off, she became neglected. When I brought her
home, she bit, hissed and was cage bound. After she
was given the love and attention she deserved, she became much better.
She now comes out of the cage on her own and loves to roam around the
house. She loves to groom me, eat millet and take showers with me. Sweetie wolf
whistles and sometimes when she hears the shower running,
she will get out of her cage and wait at the bathroom door for me to come out.
I saved her from being neglected, and she saved me by making me so happy.
Sunny, on the left, is a 7 month old pearl. He was bought at pet store.
I visited him a few times before I bought him. He has a wonderful
personality and loves to come
out of his cage and be on his mom's shoulder. Sunny also likes to watch
his dad play video games and he is just starting to sing. His favorite foods are
whatever his mom is eating, such as cereal, applesauce, and spaghetti.
He can be a bit loud at times, and likes to wake us up at 6:30 AM. His name Sunny,
describes the sunshine he brought into our lives."
This is Emma's 6 months old cockatiel, Harry. He lives in the
United Kingdom with his mommy Emma and his daddy Steve. Emma said, "Harry
has a cage and a playground but he hardly ever goes inside of his cage. He prefers
to sit on somebody's shoulder. Harry can talk and whistle. His favorite thing to say is "What you doing?, You're a
good boy!". He likes millet seeds by only gets 1 spray a week. Harry also
likes lettuce and the woody bits of stems that grapes come on. He can be
a little naughty at times, pulling on his my earrings or pulling on his
daddy's eyelashes. During our dinner, Harry has to go back inside of his cage
because he likes to walk across plates of food. Duster is Harry's girlfriend. He chases after
her when she is moving across tables and he sings to her very nicely!! This picture
shows Harry picking up his breakfast dime. He has some cereal and a sip of
tea with me every morning. Big kisses to Muriel who was his breeder."
This is Julie's bird, Henry. He was a year old on June 6th. Julie said, ".
My husband and I got him from a wonderful breeder. Henry
loves to nibble on scraps of paper and he hates towels. He greets
us with whistles every time we come into the house. Henry eats pellets, broccoli,
apple, grapes, greens and some seeds. Basically he eats whatever we give him,
although we try to make sure the food is cockatiel-friendly.
He can say one thing now, and that is “Hello Henry.” He says
this a lot if he’s looking in a mirror. We think he’s working
on saying “I’m a good boy,” and “Daddy’s boy,” but we’re not sure yet.
Henry is just now getting into having his head scratched, but it has to be
done with our chins or jawbones. Fingers seem to be off-limits with him for now.
He loves to step up and, on our shoulders, travel with us around the house. My husband is
definitely not a bird person. A few months after Henry joined our family, my
husband absolutely fell in love with him. Henry adores my husband as well.
We’re all definitely bonded and Henry’s a real joy! My husband is always amazed at how much personality
a cockatiel has.
Josee had one cockatiel named Soledad, but she found a lost cockatiel, adopted
him and named him Leopold. Josee' said, "The 2 birds fell in
love very quickly. They were in two separate cages but were crying all of the time to be together.
After a week, I allowed him to stay with her. I
think he is MUCH older than she is. He takes care of both her and the babies. He pushes
Soledad with his beak towards the babies. I think he is teaching her what to do.
She sits on a few babies and he sits
on some too right next to her. They put their heads together and sit side by
side. I saw him feeding her and preening her crest. They are so cute. Both
birds are very tame and allow me to pick up the babies. I don't know how I will prevent
them from breeding again. I should separate them,
but they will cry days and night. Nature is so strong. I don't want her to breed
too much and what
am I going to do with all of those babies ? I have friends and family for
the 5 they are now taking care of, but what about the next clutch? "
Rascal is Wendy's 3 month old cockatiel. Wendy said, " He immediately took over our hearts and our house! I collect
rocking horses and, as you can see, Rascal enjoys “horseback
riding.” We have a recessed window garden in our kitchen and
it has become Rascal’s playpen. I have begonias, spider plants
and aloe in the window and Rascal treats it like an all you can
eat salad bar! We put up jingle balls on a suction cup and some
other toys and he will play there for hours. He likes to see the
other birds outside, too. I bought a ladder for his cage that comes
in pieces. You can assemble it the way you want. Rascal’s
favorite way to use it is to pull the pegs out that hold it together. Every morning I find it
taken apart on the bottom of the cage! Rascal adores my husband. His favorite place to be is on his shoulder
or snuggled up on his chest under his nose. Rascal doesn’t talk yet but he does wolf whistle
and the come here whistle, as well
as imitate the microwave beeping. I have gone to get food out many times,
only to find out that it was Rascal beeping! He also imitates the phone, the
dogs and my laugh! I don’t know what we ever did without him!"
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