Since then, I`ve come a long way. I do have one bad habit where I pluck at my chest and sometimes cause myself to bleed. Thus, I usually have to wear a special collar, which has to be replaced every 3-6 months.
Besides that, I`m a pretty normal male cockatiel. I whistle, am on a good diet of pellets and veggies, and I really like the companionship of female cockatiels, especially female pearled cockatiels, AKA pearl girls. My favorite things are windows, toys that I can chew up, leafy greens to shred, and of course, the aforementioned pearl girls.
I like people when they respect my boundaries, but I`m still standoffish about hands. I will land and sit on your forearm, but only after flying around the room twice -- those are my rules. I`ll sometimes shoulder-surf, too. My foster dad says that I`ve come a long way in interacting with humans, and he works with me every day -- "Step up! Step down!" -- geez. He never pushes me, and I do appreciate his company, so it`s all good -- though I do like to get huffy about it once in a while.
I`m not bonded with any other cockatiels right now, but I will need to go to a home where I can have cockatiel companionship, preferably with a . . . wait for it . . . pearl girl. Do you have a place for me to land?
In nature, cockatiels live in large flocks. A single bird in a cage spends much of his/her life being lonely because humans have things they must do that take them away. We therefore will only adopt a single cockatiel to a household if there is already at least one cockatiel living there. Otherwise, cockatiels must be adopted in groups of two or more.