Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 22, 2014
I bought 2 pairs of cocktail birds 1 is white colored the other one is have a shade of grey. As I am fond of birds I want to all the species at my home(as far as possible), so I visit a near pet shop to often last December I found these 2 pairs of cocktails there they were almost 4-5 month baby. I took them home & put them(all 4 of them) in a cage in starting 1-2 days these birds were kinda shy & weren't eating properly but as the time pass they became more friendly and bold. They started growing their beautiful feathers and their color became more attractive.
As pet they are friendly charming and captivating in their beauty they can greet with affection and enthusiasm each morning if a trust of bond has been established with the owner, as I have with my white cocktails but the grey one's are kinda shy till now. I have seen cocktails living in colonies but as I have a bad experience of colony with Budgerigar I put each pair in different cages now. Both of my pairs have hatched 2 baby birds so they are 8 now. They can whistle, the love to play with the toys and swings.
"If you are a beginner Cocktails are not suitable for you."
They are kinda moody birds if became bored, unhappy or feel lonely they start chewing, plucking their own feathers. I have heard cocktails that were unhappy refuse to eat and starve to death. They'll chew everything they'll get, paper, clothes etc. If you can't give proper time to cocktail don't get one, also place toys and swings in their cages they stay happy with them. If you want them too breed place them in a calm and covered area. This bird is not that easy to handle.