||Jackie, Skipper, Apollo
||One, One year old, unknown|
||Female, Male, Male
||Ft. Worth, Texas, USA|
are my three cockatiels (from left to right) Jackie, Skipper,
and Apollo. In the small picture they are perching on their play gym
eating their favorite treat, millet. They gobble this stuff down like
it was candy! Jackie is a Cinnamon Pearl Pied and Apollo and Skipper
are the common gray cockatiel you would see in the wilds of
Australia. These lovely birds reside in Ft. Worth, Texas.
I bought Apollo from a young breeder in April 1998 and we immediately
became attached to each other! He got very sick shortly after he
arrived to live with me. Fortunately a smart vet fixed him up! He is
very funny and says many phrases: "What cha doin'?, Give me a
kiss, I love you., I'm a good bird (boy)., You're my sweetheart.,
What cha doin, sweetheart., I can talk, can you fly." He also
whistles Take me out to the Ballgame, Louie Louie, and I Believe I
can fly. Sometimes he sings his own versions like "Take Louie to
the Ballgame" and "I Believe I can Fly to the
Jackie was won by my son at a bird fair the following month. She was
born one week before Apollo. We were told she was a he so we named
her Jack. Then it became apparent that he was a she! I spare you the
details! ;) She is very sweet and loves to cuddle to my neck.
She doesn't talk (most female cockatiels don't) or whistle.
Skipper came to us by pure luck. I found someone on the internet that
was looking for a home for this lost bird she had found. I told her I
would take him in and find the owners. After months of searching by
posting with the lost bird web sites and searching the papers we gave
up hope of finding the owner. We don't know how old he is because he
had already gone through at least one molt before he came here. When
he first came he was very afraid of us. Now he just hisses and snaps
but he still is a good bird. He has learned a couple of phrases from
Apollo. When they are in the room together they ask each other
"What cha doin'?" Sometimes Skipper adds Apollo's name to
the end of the phrase because he hears Apollo say it. The three of
them can get kind of loud but we love them. I would never have
thought myself a bird person until I got a cockatiel. They are so fun
and so loving.
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