Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Baby!

We have a new baby in the house! This is Peanut. He is a male (we think) cockatiel. He is a hand-raised baby, so he's very tame and friendly. He's about eight months old, so not really a baby anymore. More of an adolescent. And judging from his immediate and slightly obsessive interest in me, I think his little birdie hormones are in full swing.

He is technically Younger Son's bird (as you can see from the "perch" in the pictures). For the past several weeks, I have been considering getting a larger bird to keep me company during the day (since the dogs do nothing but sleep). I've been to every bird shop in town, talked to every rescue, and visited about a hundred different birds. Then I took Younger Son with me to my favorite bird shop and we came home with this little guy for him. It turns out, though, that the bird doesn't care who he was purchased for. He would like nothing better than to spend his whole day climbing on me and getting kisses. I had no idea birds could be so cuddly and affectionate. Or so smart! And the bigger birds have nothing on this little guy for personality and interactiveness.

I think I have my new bird.

6 comments:

sophanne said...

welcome peanut! Stay away from the fiber!

kmkat said...

What a pretty bird! ("Pretty bird, pretty bird!")

Monika said...

He's so handsome! It's funny how pets chose US!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

My cockatiel, Dover was my best talker...I have 3 birds now, a pionus, a rosella, and a parakeet...I've had as many as 7...yes they have great personalities...My Pionus, Baloo, has pretty much decided I'm his mate..we've had him for about 15 years...We didn't teach Dover to talk, he just started imitating us..he could say "What are you doing?" Huh, hello and several other things...Baloo is not a species known for talking...buy he imitates sounds...

Kristen said...

He gorgeous! My husband would love a bird, but I've only had canaries and am a little afraid of the bigger birds. I hope you'll be writing more about him. Can he learn to talk?

Steph B said...

What a cutie! Have fun with your new friend.