Bird ID: 5514
Species: Cockatiel
Sex: Male
Sub-Species: Normal Grey
Died on 2021-12-01
Shandy has come a long way since he found Mickaboo. He was probably a "breeder" bird - kept in a small space with his mate and minimal distractions, for the sole purpose of producing offspring. As a result, he was overweight, terrified, and had lost feathers on his head and neck. The feather loss generally occurs as as result of obsessive grooming by another bird. His topknot will probably never grow back, but some of the other feathers have. Shandy is not hand-tame. He does like other cockatiels and currently lives with two other male tiels in his foster home. He now finds people mildly entertaining, and will respond musically when people whistle around him.
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.