Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Posted Mar 31, 2016
When I was young my mum and my twin sister helped me train our first ever blue male budgie. We had gotten him off of a family friend, who did not want him any more. He was around two years old and we were told he would likely never speak, except to mimic whistle sounds we made to him. Over the years he became more vocal and we had several phrases we would repeatedly say to him so as to encourage him to be vocal. The phrases were 'hello' and 'who's a pretty boy'. After 2-3 years he started to speak and say the phrases we had kept repeating to him. We were ecstatic and we told everyone how well he spoke. However one day we forgot to remind our neighbor that he talked, so when she took care of him for the weekend she got quite a shock. She later told us that when she stepped into our house a voice called out and said "hello". Our neighbor thought we had a burglar, but she quickly realized it was our budgie Percy as he then whistled and said "Who's a pretty boy". It was so funny!
During the years of having Percy he was very eager to step up onto our hands and fly around the living room. But one peculiar perk he had was that he loved to land on the ledge of my mum's glasses and turn upside down to nibble on them. He also loved to land on our shoulders or heads and nibble our hair.
I can say with certainty that Percy had only one fault in that he was not a very able flier. As kept flying into walls and falling to the floor. But after we picked him up and perched him on our fingers, he would then set off to try and fly again.