Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
9717 ET, Netherlands
Posted Mar 15, 2014
Neo, or Rocky, or Kica... We cannot agree on a name. Not that it matters, he doesn't pay attention to the names nor our calls. I said his name is Neo, but my mom is calling him Rocky and my dad Kica (typical Serbian name for pets, mostly birds).
Neo is a funny bird. Most of our time we simply laugh at his "songs" and urges to cuddle. He learned to eat from our hands when he was 1.5 months old. He soon let us pet him. That looked promising.
We thought he would learn things fast, especially to imitate sounds. Well, not really. He became playful and friendly, but he has hard time imitating melodies. We are constantly whistling some melodies for him and he can start but ends up with something else. When I was little we had the same type of bird and he knew all kinds of melodies and sounds, which was pretty amazing. So we were a bit disappointed, but I think it is still early to judge.
However, his lack of musical talent didn't keep him from whistling all day. He added weird headbanging to it, as well as a "don't-mess-with-me" stance when singing. So, we decided that he is a hard-core metal-head:) My brother often accompanies him on the guitar, so it becomes hilarious.
What is more, he likes to cuddle and be petted, like a cat. He bows his head and let you pet and scratch him behind the ears. Then he closes his eyes and you can see pure enjoyment in this. It is both relaxing and adorable.
We keep him in our house and he is usually outside his cage, resting on our shoulders.
I recommend this bird, because it is docile, relatively low-maintenance, suitable for houses and apartments, and, if you are lucky, easily trained.