Beautiful Birds, October 2003
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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Pearly belongs to Claire who is 12 years old.
Pearly is 2 years old and very friendly. Claire said, "I have had her since she was a baby.
She still likes eating mush through a
syringe and eats cereal from my bowl. Pearly loves water crackers.
Once she ate a whole water cracker by herself.
I feed Pearly both seed and pellets. She especially loves seed blocks with
honey and sunflower seeds. She won't eat much fruit or vegetables and
prefers crunchy food. Pearly loves whistling and is extremely loud. She was hand raised by my auntie who has 3
lovely cockatiels. Pearly sometimes helps my Mum with the gardening. My brother
thinks that she is cute and funny because she is cheeky and noisy, but she
has the most innocent face imaginable.
Pearly is a great bird and a wonderful friend to
everyone who knows her. My whole family loves her!"
Sophia had this to say about her 2 birds, "Frodo and Gimli love us very much
and we try to return their love and companionship to the maximum everyday .They were not very friendly towards each other
at first, but they fell in love quickly and
now they are inseparable. They are very different characters. Frodo likes to be
scratched and is very curious, playful
and energetic . She loves exploring and chewing everything in her path . Gimli, is very suspicious and careful . He pretends to
hate being pet, but as soon as he discovers the joy of it, he stays with us for hours . He prefers perching to exploring
and behaves like a watch guard. Every time we enter the room they greet us by stretching their
they see us eating they eat too. Every afternoon Gimli talks to the wild birds outside.
He even mimics some of their sounds . When he does that,
Frodo looks at him almost saying, "We are cockatiels Gimli. Don't use
this inferior and primitive language again!!!" They have set up
a nest and have started to lay eggs. We are so delighted and wait with happiness! We hope we will become
grandparents very soon!!!"
This is Cooper, Kassandra's three-year old lutino cockatiel. Cassandra said,
"He's lived with me for the past two years and is my number one companion.
Cooper lives the life of a college student (like his mommy)
and loves it! He stays up late at night, sleeps in, and has
been known to pull the occasional all-nighter during finals week.
He doesn't actually stay awake all night, but
sleeps on mommy's shoulder while I'm hitting the books!
Even without the all-nighters Cooper is extremely smart.
He can say "Pretty Bird," whistle a cat call, and he even
figured out how to open his cage door! He loves new noises
and has learned to imitate the sounds of the telephone, an
ambulance siren, and mommy's laugh. Cooper's favorite pastimes
include looking in the mirror, hanging upside down, tearing
up paper (including text books), and riding on shoulders."
Peanut is Thesha's 6 month old whiteface cinnamon pied, male cockatiel. Thesha
said this about her bird, "He is a hand raised baby I got from a breeder friend of mine. He is
the best bird but he doesn't know he's a bird. He can sing up a storm and
talks when he wants to. His favorite food is Cheerios. Peanut will not eat
any fruit. He lives in a nice cage and has two neighbors. They are my girl's 2
parakeets, Rainbow and Blue. We love Peanut so much and he never fails to amuse
This is Antoinette's precious baby Sammy. He was born on July 23rd, 2003.
This is her first baby bird. Antoinette said, "Sammy and I got off to a slow
start. Neither one of us knew what
to do. We finally got the feeding down to a science. Then we
had the adventure of seeing what the big wide world had to offer. Now we are in the biting stage because
he does not want to go in the cage. He loves to be with his mama.
He has figured out what the towel in my lap is for, feeding time.
If he is on my shoulder which is where he is 99% of the time,
he will run down to the towel and start letting me know he
is ready. He has finally figured out how to get on all of his
perches and his swing. He also has decided that he loves his
bell toy. He use to be afraid of it. Now he rings the bell when he is in his cage, which is very seldom. I have grown to
love Sammy as if he were my son and I feel that he loves me
very much also. I hope that we have a very long life together.
Oh, almost forgot, he can almost say hello. At least the sounds
are like the way I say it."
These are Christine's two new babies. Their names are Stella and Cruz. Her
babies are 3 and a half months old.
They were hand fed by a friend of Christine. They gray one is Cruz and the pearl is
Stella. Christine said, "I haven't had them home very long, but can see their different
personalities coming out already. Cruz would rather sit on me and play
( ear rings are his favorite) where Stella is friendly and likes to play. She is much more the adventurous type and goes for a short flight now and then!
These guys are going to be more than spoiled. They have tons of
toys, a table top gym and I plan on working with them a lot so they whistle and talk!!"
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