Posted Jun 05, 2015
Sweetie was a cockatiel, but swore he was a dog. He would bark like a dog, scream like car alarms in the morning to wake me up, and loved Digital Underground's song 'The Humpty Dance'. I never had his wings clipped so he loved to fly up to the ceiling fan so I could spin it around like his personal merry-go-round. He learned, a product of his own trial and error, to escape his cage and I would wake up with him snuggled up to my neck. I tried bread bag ties, zip ties, and even cheap diary locks to keep his cage shut during unsupervised times, but he always learned how to bust out. He couldn't mimic words, but he could mimic the tone of voices, and would imitate my mom yelling for my brother, or the sing-song way I'd tell him 'I love you'. I have had three other cockatiels since then, and as they were playful and loving, Sweetie was by far the most unique bird I've had the pleasure of meeting.