Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jul 10, 2014
We got our cockatiel from a friend who bred them. We got him home and into his cage and he immediately began trying to mimic us. He wasn't very good at it but he tried. For some reason he took an immediate dislike to my mother even though she was the one who fed him and cleaned his cage. But he was very attached to me, my stepfather and my grandfather. We could walk around the house with him on our shoulder or our head and he would just sit there happy as can be, chirping away. When my mom put her hand near him he bit her, every time. He eventually learned a few phrases. I love you. Pretty bird. Chiquita good boy. He loved music too, especially Jay-Z. He would chirp along and bop to the beat. Chiquita was not a very good flyer... he could really get up some speed but only if he didn't have to turn or stop. Stopping was almost always achieved by crashing into something or someone. Turning usually resulted in careening out of control. He passed away after one of our well meaning relatives opened his cage when one of our less friendly cats was nearby. The poor bird wasn't hurt but when we came down in the morning he had passed away. The vet said it was likely that he was scared so badly he had a little birdie heart attack. But I'm so glad we had our Chiquita and I still miss him every day.