Acquired: Pet store
Posted Dec 27, 2014
We are not sure of the sex of this animal as we never had him tested. This was actually my ex-husband's bird when I first started living with him and we had him for 7 years before he flew away. He was extremely loyal to my (at the time) husband. He was able to hold him, eat out of his hand, put faces together, etc. If my husband put him on my shoulder, he would stay there and not try anything but I was extremely terrified of the bird. When I first met him, I went and stroked the cage but he snapped at me like he was going to bite me, I was never scared of birds in my life until I met Ponch (nickname). He never bit me because I was careful and kept my distance and kept the cage closed when he wasn't home. Also, when we had the sheet over his cage, he was always quiet and if we didn't have the sheet over it, he would squawk all day long (probably because he wanted out) so when my husband wasn't at home, I put the sheet over his cage just to keep him quiet. If he was nicer and more friendly, I would have let him out, but this wasn't the case with Ponch and I wouldn't recommend this bird to anyone with children. He would sit on the kid's shoulder and be fine if my husband put him there but if we tried to pick him up ourselves, he would snap at us. He has bit many of our friends, he has bit my husband's sister, and his beak is very sharp so it is a very painful and deep bite, he has even bit my husband (the only one he was loyal to) a few times over the years when he was in a bad mood and he bit someone so hard once on the finger, you could see their bone. I don't know if this is the case with all birds or not, I've never owned a bird before but because of this experience, I don't think I will ever own a bird again. I tuly believe he belonged in the wild and would be happier there, he was not born in captivity, he was born in the wild, as my husband was told when him and his mother bought him. He did say hello and my husband bought a cd that's supposed to teach birds to talk, where they repeat words over and over again which we would play for him whenever we left, so he did occasionally say some words and occasionally sing. I also caught him mimicking the cat's meow once but as soon as he saw me peaking at him, he stopped, lol. It was pretty funny. I apologize but this is all I can say about this bird.