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The Bride and the Cockatiel


We got Guai-Guai in early October. He hadn't been very social with us at first. He'd start quivering whenever someone looked at him and would try to get as far away from us humans as possible.

Lately, we've been trying to win his trust by hand feed him. We've been putting less birdseed in his trough so that his hunger overcomes his fear of us. He's still very cautious though. He takes upwards of an hour to decide if he's hungry enough to risk eating out of a hand. When my M-I-L hand feeds him, he puts one foot on her hand and the other foot is still hanging on to the cage, as if he wants to flee. He would also eat really fast, like at any moment, there was the danger that M-I-L would do something to him. =}

Well, I decided to give it a try this evening. I did just what she did and sat down for a long wait. Guai-guai stared very intently at the food. 10-15 minutes later, he climbed over to me - he gets around by grabbing the cage with his beak and swinging his claws over, grabbing the cage further down and swinging his claws over. He stepped right onto my hand with both feet and started munching.

I, not being an animal person at all, sat there fighting the reflex to pull my hand away. Here I had 8 very pointy claws poking into the pinkie edge of my hand and a sharp beak pecking at my palm... I'm like, please don't freak out and clinch and bite me... He didn't seem to be eating as hurriedly as I thought... maybe it was just because I was more nervous. He still kept eyeing me between munches.

Heh, he was afraid of me and I was afraid of him.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 27th, 2001 12:50 pm (UTC)
if you're daring...
You can train him to take a seed from your lips, a sunflower seed. This takes a long time and nerves of steel. Yes, i've done it. they're pretty skittish so unless yours is really mal adjusted, over time he'll do it too.

Cocktiels are decent mimics too. It's amusing. They have to hear the sounds often. We had one that said " Hello JJ" and whistled. Too funny.
Oct. 27th, 2001 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: if you're daring...
Heh, that would be a neat trick to show people =)

Cockatiels mimic? The pet shop folks said they aren't a mimicking species...
Oct. 27th, 2001 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: if you're daring...
It's a sqeaky voice, but they can repeat 3-5 phrases or sounds, given time.

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