I have two cockatiels, both rescues from the Animal shelter, and the flip of Darwin Finch’s pair, a male pied, mostly white, and a female gray. Smitty, the male, was found flying around, and was brought into the wildlife shelter. Amazing that a white bird didn’t end up as hawk chow! He was emaciated, but after two months at the shelter, fattened up, and learned how to imitate whiny puppies (high pitched), and hungry baby squirrels (really high annoying pitched). All interspersed with a wolf-whistle. He is really vocal, so was kind of hard to adopt. I adopted him, because I was used to that noise(worked there), and found “hungry squirrel”, delivered at 6 AM, charming. He must have been threatened by someone’s hands, because he is aggressive toward a hand, but you can get right next to him face-wise. (Any tips on this, Birdie-lovers?)
Lucy, the female, was brought to the shelter by her previous owners with a broken wing. They surrendered her rather than pay for vet treatment.(?!?:()Unfortunately, the wing had been broken for a while, and couldn’t be repaired properly. The vet set it, but it droops, and she will never have use of it. She is a stoic sweetie, though, and loves to be scritched under-ear.
When Smitty first saw Lucy, he opened his wings at her, did a bobbing dance, and did his wolf whistle. Too Funny! She seems unimpressed. They have separate cages, and sleep separately, so I don’t know how close they are. But, they have a separate room, and have a playset outside the cage they spend the day on. They were messed up by people, thoughand I’m trying to get them to trust again.
It’s nice to see all the beautiful bird pics here, and how much y’all love your birdies. Everytime I go to the petstore to get supplies, I see the conures, Greys, and other parrots, and would love to take them home. The price is too much for me, and I’m glad that price is high. My birds were abused, or at least neglected, and a high price will hopefully avoid a frivolous purchase and neglect.