Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Georgia, United States
Posted Sep 07, 2014
While on our way to dinner, our family saw this bird on the side of the road. We never learned how he got there. His wings were clipped, but he was not at all friendly towards people. It took some frantic chasing--and more than a few bites--to catch him. After that, it was a matter of coaxing him back to health.
This bird never quite learned to enjoy physical contact, but he was nevertheless social and affectionate. He would sing to us at every possibility, greeting us enthusiastically (and noisily) whenever someone would enter the house. If we were gone too long for his liking, he would scold us with many a squawk and a scree. He would even talk to the wild birds outside, much to their confusion.
I've never seen a bird with more energy. He needed his toys rotated to keep him engaged, and so we had a cycle of puzzle toys and noise-making toys. We would often cycle out the perches, too, to give him new and interesting things to climb. Because of his general aversion to being handled, we invested in special perches and cage accessories that allowed him to keep his own beak and claws trimmed.
He was slightly cleaner than the budgie we had in the past, but produced far more feathers (especially when molting). I loved him from his bright orange cheeks and vivid yellow crest; this gave him an incredibly expressive face, and the crest in particular let us know his mood. Thankfully, after his initial rescue, he never tried to bite us. He'd only warn us off with a hiss or a squawk if we got too close, but he'd quickly resume his cheerful singing afterward.