Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Oct 16, 2014
These particular birds from my experience make a wonderful family pet. This however is not to say that they are the easiest to train or take care of in the long run. Before you even consider purchases this type of pet you must know first and foremost that they tend to make a large mess in the form of throwing their food and bedding on a daily basis. In addition to this unlike their large parrot counterparts they tend to be more difficult to train to step up and speak words. Although with regular handling I was able to teach my bird to be held or "step-up" in a short period or time it took a much longer period of time to teach him to whistle and say hello. But is also good to note that most never have success with getting this particular type of bird to speak at all.
The major plus side I found to this bird was the fact that they where no were near as noisy as some of the large parrot varieties and covering him up at night or during his louder periods stopped the noise altogether more often than not. I owned this particular bird for a little over five years when he passed away from a common cold which can apparently be passed on from humans to them directly, which I was not previously aware. With that issue aside if you are willing to dedicate the time to care and training they make a wonderful smaller family or individual pet.