Posted Jun 30, 2013
The bird is known as the Blue-naped Parrot in the Philippines. It is locally referred to as Pikoy because most kept as pets are given this name. My bird was also called Pikoy. I had two of them -- an adult one we got from an grand uncle, and one that we got as a hatchling from a friend. They are very funny birds, and quite smart. They mimic words quite accurately, although they have to hear this on a regular basis to do so. I didn't train them, but they picked up a few words by themselves from hearing these repeatedly.
They are quite sensitive to heat, so make sure to give them plenty of water to drink and to bathe themselves during the summer. Their diet is quite simple -- just bird seeds and sometimes fruits, so quite low maintenance. They do have quite sticky and acidic droppings so cleaning the bird cage's tray at the end of each day is necessary. Like any bird, they are easily stressed by loud noises so try to keep them in a relatively quiet area.
The one we got as a hatchling was my favourite as he grew quite fond of people and never bit anyone unless provoked. We would take him out of his cage very often and he never strayed.
The negative things about these birds are 1) the dander, and 2) their sharp nails. They need regular declawing. Don't attempt to do this yourself, as you may hurt them. Take them to the vet, it costs very little.