Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Posted May 05, 2017
I adopted my Meyer's when she was almost 18. She was the angriest creature I had ever encountered. She bit me every chance she got, and screamed and hissed at me from her perch.
But I could tell she was desperate for some companionship. She had been rescued from a hoarding situation and was being attacked by her cagemates.
It only took us a few months to establish trust, and she became a very sweet bird that loved to hang out on my shoulder and fly around my apartment.
Like all parrots, she was very opinionated about when she wanted to hang out and who she liked. She liked few people but tolerated them them just fine.
She lived until almost 27. She hated the second bird I adopted. I don't know if this is a species trait or was simply due to her age. Or, perhaps my inability to make the situation work.
Overall, she was a sweet bird that simply wanted to be understood. She screamed sometimes for attention, but it wasn't bad compared to many other parrots. She wasn't as playful as conures, but was happy to sit with me and relax.
If you'd like one, please consider adoption. Old birds can make excellent companions. Please look past the initial fear they may exhibit.