Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 01, 2013
Squiggle is the first parrot I owned as an adult. I purchased him from a petstore which had hand-raised a clutch of parakeets. Squiggle was a year old at purchase and had not had any human interaction after his initial hand-feeding period. As such, he was not tame. I worked for a long time hoping to tame him but he has always been extremely flighty and prone to fearfulness. He does best in familiar surroundings and really loves certain kinds of toys. He is excellent at passive games like "the blinking game". He can be a lovely singer when he wants to be, or an awful squawker. He sure is cute though. Parakeets can die of fright (though I have no idea how common this really is). Having had Squiggle for five years I can see how this would be the case. He gets night terrors, becomes extremely startled by unfamiliar loud noises and would rather be just about anywhere else than near a person. If you want a bird that sings with the potential to mimick and speak (Squiggle doesn't talk) then budgies might be a good choice. In fact, English budgies are known to be some of the best talkers in the bird world (but can have shorter life spans compared to the budgies we are commonly used to). Just be prepared to start handling your budgie a LOT from a very young age if you want to have a tame bird.