Posted May 13, 2015
Of all the birds I've owned and worked with, Beethoven, my American Singer, has been one of the most rewarding. As tempting as it may be to jump into having a parrot for that 'buddy' aspect, I prefer having my hands free and being able to have more of a life outside of the house. With the way he directly greets any approaching family member with a cheery "Tweet?" and sits in whichever area of the cage that's closest to where I happen to be in that moment - Beethoven seems to be the best of both worlds.
I don't have a single complaint, and you won't either, if you don't mind occasionally having to turn up the volume on the television when he decides to spontaneously burst into song, High School Musical style. I don't.
If you're absolutely certain that a window is not drafty, it's best to keep yours next to one. Beethoven loves to stare out at the cars, the flying birds, and all of the passersby below. Even though he seems to be contented regardless of his circumstances, he never quite seems to be in his happiest, chattiest mood when without a view and some sunshine.
Beethoven has been a vibrant, healthy bird his whole life. He's quick to recover from a molt, and bounces back from it looking twice as yellow as before. He not only survived an out-of-state move, but actually ENJOYED the trip! While some of my exotic finches struggled through it, and gave me a bit of a scare - there hasn't been a moment where his health was of concern, neither during this long trek, nor at home for all the years that I've had him.