Acquired: Pet store
Massachusetts, United States
Posted Nov 07, 2012
Ernie was technically my dad's bird, but he quickly became the family's bird. He is a very intelligent and active bird, and has been with my family for a very long time. While I've moved out, my Dad still owns Ernie. I wouldn't suggest this type of bird for anyone buy adults, who have the time and fortitude to deal with the special care required.
It's hard for him to get acquainted with strangers, but once he came to "know" you, he would remember you and eventually socialize. He took to my dad very quickly, but it took him much longer for him to accept me and my family. You had to spend time with him on a pretty frequent basis for him to socially accept you.
My dad found he loved the smell of alcohol (and we had to fight with him to stop him from drinking it!). Not sure if that's normal for this type of bird, but good to note!
The cleaning process is very intense - you have to clean the cage 2-3 times a week, which is another reason this bird isn't very good for kids. Really, this pet is best for someone who lives alone (or a couple) who has a good chunk of time (and money) to devote to their bird. They are certainly loyal once they've come to know you, but before that don't put your hand too close or you'll get a nip!