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Rusty

Cockatiel

Overall satisfaction

1.75/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Female

Appearance

3/5

Friendly with owner

4/5

Friendly with family

4/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Song-vocal quality

2/5

Mimics sounds-words

3/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

5/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

2/5

Cockatiels are flock animals

By

7925, South Africa

Posted Jan 31, 2015

I bought Rusty when I became enamoured with the idea of owning a bird, after holding an eagle at a raptor shelter. Suffice to say, she was no eagle. She was a lovely animal, well trained and well socialized, loved by the whole family. And, she was an excellent "watch-dog", shrieking her high-pitched whistles whenever she heard anyone coming into the property. But, I could see she was miserable - I could see her frustration as she stretched her wings in her cage, or as she tried to take flight within the confines of my bedroom. After working with birds who had the freedom to fly, and seeing their lively, confident dispositions, I realized that Rusty was growing increasingly nervous and unfriendly, from being locked in a small cubic prison. I love cockatiels, and I would love to own/look after them in the future, but only if they live with a good few members of their own species, and with ample space to stretch their wings and reach full speed.

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