Birds of the Month, October 2004
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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These 2 cinnamon cockatiels are Gina's birds. Their names are Terrance and
Philip. Gina said, " My husband and I are owned by these 2 little guys. We
have only had them about 3 months. They are spoiled rotten by both of
us. Terrance and Philip have the sweetest dispositions and love nothing more
than to just hang out on my shoulder all day. Although Phillip is just a
baby he’s already whistling Colonel Bogey, Bridge on the River Kwai, Pop
Goes the Weasel, the Wolf Whistle and says Who’s a Pretty Boy. I know it’s
only a matter of time before he starts saying "I Love You" as he looks at me
so intently when I say it to him. We’re fairly sure that Terrance is a girl
as she’s not very vocal, but she is very inquisitive and is always getting
up to mischief.
They eat fresh veggies, corn, peas, beans and carrots, with rice, pellets
and other foods. Their favorite treats are millet and cheerios.
Being new to birds I had no idea what wonderful pets they made. If
someone had told me I could get so attached to cockatiels I would never
have believed them. Now I know that there will always be cockatiels in our home. I
couldn’t imagine life
This little cutie pie's name is Peanut. He's only 2 and 1/2 months old and is owned by Christiana. She said "Peanut came from a busy home
with 50 other birds with species from parakeets to cockatoos. When he was born,
his mother rejected her. She was put in with another clutch and was
raised by a surrogate mom. I adopted Peanut after my bird Pretty escaped
and flew away. When I got Peanut, she had a
little mite problem and lost all of her feathers. She's fine now and has beautiful feathers. Peanut loves a variety of
foods. She eats. pellets, corn flakes, rice krispies, cheerios, cheese, lettuce, rice, eggs and seeds.
She has tried strawberries, bananas, pineapple, and apples but she's not crazy
about those yet. Peanut has plenty of toys like a small wheel with a bell in it
that she spins all day. She also has a mirror with a bell and a long fruit beaded chain with
a bell. Peanut loves to play with
straws and toothpicks but they are always taken away from her. Peanut
has a play pen but she prefers to hang out on the top of her cage.
Every morning she's taken out of her cage and
stays out all day long. I know Peanut is enjoying her new home. I hope that
someday she will be able to talk but I already knows how much she loves me!
This is a wonderful photograph of Piri enjoying her shower! Piri belongs to Ana
Luisa. She said, " One day I went to the market as usual to buy some food for the coming
week. I saw Piri at the pet shop and couldn't resist taking her home. Peri is just 8 months old.
In the beginning, I though Peri was a boy but my avian vet told me that he's
pretty sure she's a girl. Peri just learned how to whistle the wolf call "Fuit
fuiiiiuuu" and she's till learning how
to talk. She really enjoys going into the shower just as much as pulling my earrings out.
Piri's wings are not clipped, so she can follow me around the house. She also
squawks when I leave the house because she hate being alone!!
Sometimes I take Peri me with me when I go out on her little birdie leash. Peri
only has 1 enemy if the house, the vacuum cleaner .
When she hears it, she screams because she doesn't like it at all.
Caitlin sent in this picture of her beautiful bird Cloud. She said, "Cloud
was my little sweetheart.
I got her from a breeder in Georgia, when she was just a baby. I took her home
and made her comfortable
with my other cockatiel Buddy. They were great pals! Cloud was so special to me.
She had the sweetest disposition. She was very cuddly and always wanted her head scratched.
Cloud always had to be the center of attention. Sadly, I lost my dear Cloud a week ago. She
was attacked by a cat and had an eye infection. I miss her so much. She will always be in
NOTE: Cats contain a lethal bacteria in their saliva. Although not
harmful to humans, the bacteria is deadly for birds. If your bird is
ever attacked by a cat, clawed by a cat or comes in contact with your cat's
toys, food dish, water dish, please take it to an avian vet immediately. When a
cat attacks a bird, you may not be able to see tiny scratches or teeth marks
under the bird's feathers. This lethal bacteria multiplies rapidly and if your
bird is not treated by an avian vet within 24 hours it will die. To read more about this
bacteria, CLICK HERE
Candy said, "Our 6-month-old male pied cockatiel
Baby is the
most beautiful cockatiel I had ever seen. It was mother
love at first sight!. Baby just loves towels and any type of fabric, sheets,
blankets etc. He
runs up to it and starts talking with his little wings spread out. He's
also very attached to me. Mudge, AKA Cheepy is our blue, tiny
budgie. She's the smallest parakeet I've ever seen, but she sure puts
up a fuss when Baby tries to get into her house! Cheepy was always good
at mimicking the outside birds but really ramped it up several
notches when Baby arrived . Now she "Wheets"
like a cockatiel and tries to get Baby to chat with her. Baby loves to sit on
my shoulder or explore his house, Cheepy's house and both of their playpens. So
far, he says, "What are you doing?", "Are you a sweet bird?"
or "Are you a sweet sweet bird?", "Mudgie, where are you?",
"Are you snoozy?" and "Pretty baby." He's a delight,
although he yells whenever the garage door goes up or down, or whenever anyone
comes into the house. Both of our birds love to be "Whooped" by the blow
and Baby often comes into the shower with me. I feed both birds a mix of seeds and pellets.
They love millet, peas, blueberries, corn on the cob, broccoli,
parsley and apple. I think I spoil my birds as much as I spoiled my human
Miss Filé Gumbo is Marie's 12 year old 1/2 lutino and 1/2 pearl cockatiel.
Marie said, "She was so young when I got her that when I laid down to
rest, she'd climb on my chest & practice
standing on one leg to sleep.
She loves a neck rub and her favorite resting spot is
my right shoulder. We go all over the apartment that way. She escaped
outside once, but luckily her wings had been clipped so she just across the
parking lot. I rolled
my wheelchair over, put my hand down & she jumped onto it. Now Miss Filé
is afraid of any strange door especially the front door. She has a remarkable
memory. She escaped when she was just a year old. When she wants a drink of water she squawks in my ear & cranes her
neck towards the bathroom where I fill a Dixie® bathroom cup with
water. When she is finished Filé climbs back on my shoulder.
When Miss Filé needs a bath, she tries to stick her foot in the cup
so I fill a bowl with warm water & she splashes around to her hearts content.
Her favorite snacks include cheddar & Swiss cheese,
strawberries (especially the leaves), grits, grapes, millet spray, cooked
pasta, like fettuccine, cheerios, & chicken or turkey bites.
She doesn't talk and just makes the usual bird squawks
when she wants my attention. Even though she never learned to speak or whistle,
I think I'll keep her anyway. As a disabled person who is
mainly housebound, she is a great companion."
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