Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 16, 2014
Most people don't realize that taking care of a bird can be as difficult- if not more- than taking care of a cat or dog.
Birds also need attention. Also, you have to take them to special vets and clip their wings regularly so they don't fly away, if you keep them in open places.
Charlie has been with us for more than ten years. We have had both good and bad times. At the beginning, he was really friendly. It was very easy to teach him to do little tricks when he was young, even though we had no professional training. He knows how to greet you, ask for food, shake 'hands'...
We usually keep him in his perch, in the garden, and take him inside at night or when it's raining. We think it's better for him to be out in the nature: be able to communicate with other birds (although he doesn't like them much, since they try to take away his food sometimes), get to fly a little, walk around.
One time, when he was about 2 years old, he flew away for about 2 weeks- even though he had his wings clipped. We were really scared, but then we found out we had been found by a family who lived one block away. That is why I highlight so much the need to keep their wings really well clipped (also, you don't want to hurt them while doing it yourself if you don't have experience, so you can ask the vet).
Ever since we took a long holiday away from home, he started to be more agressive and difficult to deal with. He got angry with us because he disliked the person whom we asked to take care of him while we were gone. He has bitten a few people and he started getting distrustful: he doesn't like strangers anymore, nor having a lot of people around him.
Birds are special and complex. I found that they can be quite resentful, so you should take special care of them. I wouldn't recommend them as a pet if you don't have the time or money.