Marley (Parrotlett) & Woodstock (Parakeet)
I have an 8 month old male Pacific Parrotlett. I bought him for $175 at a local pet store. I will admit that I had done no research about this bird, but it was an impulse buy.
When I brought him home he bit me (a very strong pinch) every chance he could. He lunged when I put my hand in his cage. He has a warning high pitched chirp when he is angry. When he did this, I would lean into his bite and gently restrict his beak from clinching together to complete the bite. I made soft noises and sang to him.
After a month, he began to show interest in me and my family. We didn't give up on him. We put him on a basket and brought him in our room to practice the step up. When we found out that he loved sunflower seeds, we used them as treats for good behavior.
He can be loud, but not too bad. He loves to eat. He eats seed, pellets, and a fresh bean, sprouted seed, rice, and pasta mixture. His droppings are dry and easy to clean up.
He now loves neck scratches, and to stand on our hands. He takes naps with us, and does tricks for company. When we are not paying attention to him he says in his birdie voice things like "pretty birdie", "sweet baby", and many whistles.
He has learned to be nice to our parakeet. He can be bossy and a bit mean, but as long as you let him know who is boss and you show no fear he will respect you.
He is beautiful, sweet, lovable and a permanent member of this family.
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