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Benny

Cockatiel

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Friendly with owner

4/5

Friendly with family

4/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

5/5

Song-vocal quality

5/5

Mimics sounds-words

3/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

0/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

3/5

A Very Smart Bird

By

United States

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Benny came to us from a friend who decided she didn't like the constant noise and wanted to be rid of him. He was a very bright bird, he'd do a head bopping dance if he saw you pick up his food or snack seeds. He gave a loud cry if you came in and he didn't recognize you off the bat. And he learned how to "wolf whistle" when a girl talked to him, and a couple simple tunes. He always did the happy dance if you repeated his songs back to him.

He didn't like to be handled, but he wanted you where he could see watch you for his own entertainment. He'd raise a fuss if he was alone and heard someone in another room.

He was messy however. He had no problem showering his food everywhere like he was practicing to be on a parade float. He also liked to try to find ways to dismantle his heavy-duty made-for-his-breed type toys. He liked to watch himself in a mirror too. Or chew on his mirror. It depended on his mood that day.

He was a biter if you weren't careful. He never missed an opportunity to nip a finger, even though it didnt seem to be from aggression. He did get to point he'd perch on your arm a minute before chewing on hair, clothes, fingers.. whatever tasty thing he could experience while your guard was down!

He was also a hearty bird. He never had to go to the vet despite the books warnings. He did have a problem where he would get bald spots in his feathers, which we got vitamins for and some new toys/bigger cage, and extra attention in case it had to do with stress.

I loved having him around, he was an ideal indoor bird, and I never minded his 'noisiness'. It was soothing to me. :)

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