Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Nov 11, 2013
We had a male cockatiel that was not very handle friendly but really loved to learn new sounds. We got him when he was around 3 years old, so he was older and not handled very much. I remember it only took him about a day or two to learn new sounds or words we were trying to teach him. He had a little more difficulty with actual words but he learned them just the same.
I remember, have no idea how he learned this, but he would whistle every time someone came out of the bathroom all fixed up to go somewhere. Ya know that phew phew type of whistle when you whistle at someone looking good.
He learned all sorts of different types of tunes and he also learned part of a country song my dad would whistle every now and then. I dont remember him saying to many words. But he did know how to say hello, bye, shut up and of course a few select cuss words. I think he chose the words he liked to say and learned them.
He was so funny, some times when you wanted him to say something or learn something he would turn around and pretend you weren't there. He chose when to listen and when to ignore.