Acquired: Pet store
1618, South Africa
Posted May 09, 2014
Cockatiels must be one of the most commonly kept “Parrot” breeds there are, and for a good reason, they are the perfect “starter” Parrot especially for a household of children.
We bought Polly from the local pet shop on an outing with the children and he was loved and cared for by the whole family right from the first moment. At that time he must’ve been about two months old and just started to repeat- or try to repeat sounds he heard around the house. Whistling very off tune seemed to be his best act. His favourite time of the day was meal time with his open cage standing in the dining room where he would get out his cage and try his best to sample food from everyone’s plates giving half a chance and participating in the family banter by whistling louder as the conversation got louder until he got bored and picked a child to climb onto till he was either sitting on their shoulder or head to everyone’s amusement!
If we did decide to close his cage to have dinner in peace he would start a slow whistling and “dancing” routine that reminded of an ancient tribal dance of some kind.
Polly was found one morning after being with us for about 18 months just dead on his cage floor, never sure of the cause of death we speculated that a stray cat might of given him such a fright that he died of shock, something cockatiels are prone to.