Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 14, 2014
Eddie was always in the background of my life as a small child and it took until I was in my teens to realize just how old this bird must have been. For one thing he was older than me and had been a gift from my aunt to my father when she found out I was going to be born. Eddie was a gray bird with bright orange spots on his cheeks. He was a very vocal bird, to the point where we had to keep him in the dark so that he would not wake everyone up in the morning. His habitat was very easy to clean and I used to love to feed him crackers on occasion. The bird did learn to mimic certain whistles and sounds that he heard around the house, which is unusual for the breed. Another interesting thing was that he lived so long, considering my parents were smokers and that he died at the age of thirteen. One afternoon he fell off of his perch and was dead. It was terribly sad for my father who loved the bird, but also for me because I came into the living room and it was very quiet for the first time in my life.