Posted Jan 22, 2014
Rovin is a great pet bird. From the day I got him he was curious and wanting to engage me – many birds, even hand-fed as he was, are not so quick to warm up to new people. His curiosity applied to most things; he went through life tongue-first, testing all objects around him for more information, and this characteristic focus made him very easy to train. He would poop on command(“Where's the poop, Rovin?”), which was tremendly helpful, and did many funny tricks. Teaching tricks to parrots, even apparently useless ones like waving, is a very good idea, as it entertains and challenges their intelect.
Rovin was also cuddly and playful, and learned a number of words. It seems many owners say these tend to be one-person birds, but Rovin did take to my roomates in college very well. He delighted guests, too, when he wasn't stealing their earings. It did help that my roomates were animal lovers who socialized him.
Having to give him away was entirely my fault. I did not predict moving, to another house and another degree, and having less time to spend with him daily. He responded to this by screaming for attention. He had been somewhat noisy at times(not quite as much, though), but in my old neighbourhood everyone was too used to the students' noise to care about a couple of screeches in the morning. In the new one he did not pas unnoticed. Even if he had, my availability did not look like it was about to increase any time soon, and I wanted him to have all the attention he needed.
I contacted a breeder who practiced free-flight with his agapornis and had very good infrastructures. At first he wanted Rovin for a pet, seeing how friendly he was. Even an owner that was with him practially all day – during work, no less – was not enough, however. I visited, and could tell Rovin was happy, but still he screamed, a habit that is hard to break. So the breeder got a female: 24/7 companionship and a huge cage, and the problem was solved.
When I get to a point where I have a stable life and job, and enough time to give, I might just get another – who knows, maybe one of Rovin's babies. Not if I live in an apartment that is not 100% soundproof, however. It is not easy going through a separation from an amazing friend, and I will not risk it again.
These are not apartment birds, in general – they're just too loud, eveven when just being sociable. If you have little time to give and must have one anyway, get more than one bird. Ideally, though, in that circumstance, choose another bird or pet.