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S. C. - 2004-10-06
My bird Tucker is about a year old. He is my first experience at a parrot larger than an English Budgie. I chose him (or her) because of the info about their steady personalities. I wanted a bird that was flexible, not obnoxiously loud and not an unpredictable biter. This guy is wonderful... He imitates lots of sounds that I create, has a handful of verbalizations and laughing and coughing sounds, most of which are legible, and imitates a number of animal sounds that I model for him... duck, cat meow, chicken, etc. He bites rarely and never me. He is clearly my bird but I have exposed him to lots of other people encouraging them to hold him and touch him. He travels well. We have a second home in my home town that we visit most weekends. Tucker comes with us. I harness trained him while I visited at the bird store well before he came home to live. This makes him very versatile. I take him in the car as often as I can, usually several times per week. He also goes to work in my gift shop one day per week for about 4 hrs. He has adapted well to all settings. We respect his need for time alone and when he is ready for bed. His signals are easy to read and we respect them. By the same token we set limits and boundaries for him and his behavior. He is very respectful of the fact that we do not believe in birds on the shoulder. He is just a wonderful breed of parrot. I would gladly get another pionus without a doubt.

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lildevil/tomboy - 2004-10-03
you should have more information on wild canaries, but your sites pretty good otherwise.

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Animal-World info on Budgerigars - Parakeets
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ME - 2004-10-03
Day 2 with my feathered friend and im a little apprehesive. I bought her for my 5-year old daughter and it was love at 1st site. The problem I have is he seems to be an escape artist. Watching him get stuck in the cage was a little nerve wracking. Thinking it best to let him get himself free and never imagining he would fit, well...1st the head, then a wing, then the other, and to the ground he went.(lady at a discount pet supermarket in ft. myers fla. told me it was best for her to clip its wings) Now I have to figure out what i will do if I leave him to go to work because he cannot fly back in the cage for food etc.

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lizy - 2004-09-30
I first got a tiel when I was 10 years old. His name was Buddy. A few months later he died from natural causes. I was so sad, but about 7 months later I got a call from a lady saying that she had no room for a cockatiel named Spaz. She asked me if I would take him otherwise he would need to be put down. I gladly accepted the offer of adopting Spaz not even being able to imagine the thought of him being put down. Spaz has been my faithful friend now for 4 years and I cant imagine life w/o him.

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Kieran Ball - 2004-09-25
I have a Nanday Conure called Toby. I got him from an old lady who didnt want to give him away but had to because she couldnt let him out of his cage because of her dog. he is always coming out of his cage nowadays and he loves to go outside and sit with me in my aviary.

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Sherry Harmelink - 2004-09-21
We have a three year old greenwing macaw. He is not a bird but a part of our family. He loves everyone in the family. He will lay like a baby in my nine year old daughters arms. He comes looking for you when you are not in the same room as him. He is the most loving bird I have ever seen. He has a rope that he has to sleep with every night, this rope toy came with him when we purchased him. He uses it for security. He does not play or chew on it. He sits on his swing, and brings the rope over the swing and puts his wing around it and then goes to sleep. I have never seen a bird do this before. He is a part of our family and we would never be able to part with him.

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Reannon - 2004-09-20
Hey, I Was walking home one day and i heard a small bird it was a cockatiel. He came straight to me, he is very friendly and loves to be around people he talks says my name. You should get one just like him his name is Sam.

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Animal-World info on Budgerigars - Parakeets
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steph - 2004-09-17
Before deciding to purchase a mate/friend for your budgie take note; many budgerigars, once given a feathered friend, will not be as friendly as they once were. They will still continue to sit on your hand, etc, but may stop talking to you.

Also when training a budgerigar to speak DO NOT give it a mirror, it may ignore you. The main reason they are so friendly and talkitive is due to them believeing that they are human, like their owners. They then mimic and interact to gain your love, attention and affection. With a mirror they believe that there is another bird in the cage, and will interact with the reflection rather than you.

Another tip on teaching budgerigars to talk. Once the bird is trained to sit on you (and not fly away) take it into a dark, quiet room, with no distractions for you or the bird, and procede to repeat the phases you wish it to learn. Also talking in a voice higher than usual (but still clear) and a tad slower than usual may help.

And like most animals using food rewards and positive reinforcement will aid in the training process. Small pieces of apple, corn kennels and millet sprays are some examples of food treats and giving the bird positive attention and allowing it the play outside (fly around a safe and enclosed area) are examples of positive reinforcement which yield positive results.

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brad - 2004-09-16
I have a parakeet of this type. He is green, blue, yellow and black and squalks when there is a lot of noise or music playing or can hear other birds outside. His name is Jesse and he is a good pet. He loves to get out of his cage and fly around the house.

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patrick denton - 2004-09-16
Hi, Ihave a Blue n Gold Macaw named Buddy he is 2 1/2 yrs old i have had him for 2 yrs .although i have a family Buddy will only let me handle him . he trusts me completly and will lay down next to me when i nap,he is so smart that he amazes me everyday.like other macaws i have read about he is very good ae watching me put things together then proceeds to take them apart ,he is truley a member of my family for life.. patrick & buddy
9/16/04

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