Posted May 14, 2015
I got Bandit as a just weaned baby. He was so little and fluffy. He bonded with me pretty easily and I took him everywhere with me. I kept his flight feathers clipped until he was much older and I could trust him not to fly away and get lost. I spent a lot of time with him everyday. He was my buddy and he only liked me. He would bite anyone else or bite me if he couldn't bite them.
I taught him how to dance and make kiss noises. He couldn't talk very clearly but he tried. He was very loud when he was upset or excited. Once he was older and very bonded to me, around 6 yrs old or so, I would let him fly outside in our trees. We lived way out in the country away from people though. He would sit in the trees for awhile then I would tell him time to go back inside and if he didn't come when I told him that, I'd slam the back door as if I went inside and he'd come almost immediately every time. He was very smart and didn't want to be left outside alone.
Their intelligence is amazing and they need a lot of mental and emotional stimulation. They need toys and things to climb and chew. They need lots of love and time with their person too. Birds of all sizes can go 'crazy' and begin hurting themselves if they do not get the love and stimulation they need.
Birds are great pets for older kids/adults who have lots of time for them. Birds need spacious cages and plenty of time out of the cage. Feeding is easy, every species has a food just for them at most pet shops.