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Annie

Grey-cheeked Parakeet

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Female

Appearance

5/5

Friendly with owner

5/5

Friendly with family

5/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

5/5

Song-vocal quality

4/5

Mimics sounds-words

3/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

5/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Annie My Beloved Parakeet

By

United States

Posted Aug 20, 2014

My beloved great-aunt Ann bought me a sweet little bird as a gift when she was making a rare family visit all those years ago. I named the bird after her -- Annie.
Day after day for close to 13 years, I started my day being greeted by song from this tiny bright feathered friend as I uncovered her cage for the day. In no way was she ever a bother, in no way ever a single thing but precious. She had a mate for most of those years, Budgie, but when he died I didn't replace him, so she was alone with me and my dog for the last couple of her years, and she was ever playful and vocal. She managed to mimic my calling my dog's name and eventually on her own call out for my dog "Hey, Sweetie! Hey, Sweetie!" and, amazingly, also mimicked the sound of a car coming down my gravel driveway! So funny! Overall, parakeets are great fun, minimal trouble, and very cheerful.
They tend to throw seed/food outside the cage, but that's about the worst they can do. Terrible, right?! Ha! It's super important to keep them from drafts and not in an environment of temperature fluctuations. They are social creatures and can truly suffer as an only-bird if you're unable to give them much attention. They do well in groups. I've had parakeets for dozens of years, much of my life, and usually as pairs. They're great low-maintenance companions and have been known to mimic a large range of words. They are tiny and have good flight, so please be careful if letting them fly around your home -- many hazards may not be apparent and if they escape to the outdoors they are unlikely to survive long due to temperature changes and lack of food.

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