See that bird? Of all 4 birds I have this one was the least annoying and he’s gone now. Dead. :(
I don’t like birds, but considering that he’s been living in the same house as me for 5 years it was hard not to get attached. He was a 17+ cockatiel who was grouchy yet adorable with the name of Elvis. And yes, he did love music but he couldn’t sing. However, he did love to whistle. Andy Griffith was one of his favorite things to whistle.
When the house was silent, and I mean dead silent, you could hear his little feet pitter pattering on the bottom of his cage. Or, just randomly, he would chirp so loudly when no one but myself was home and trick the dogs into thinking my parents were home. Even though that was annoying, I am going to miss that. Elvis had such personality even though he was cooped up in a cage all day long.
Two of his most favorite things to do were 1) Look at himself in the mirror and 2) Ride the ceiling fan. Every time Elvis would look at himself in the mirror he would just start whistling away. Look at himself from one side, turn his head, look at himself from the other side. It was as if he was saying “Hey! Look at that bird! Isn’t he handsome just like me?”
On the occasion we would let him out, we would have to make sure all the dogs and cats were put up in their kennels or room so they couldn’t get to him. We kept him flighted for just in case someone got out. As soon as we got him out, where would he go? Straight to the ceiling fan. And yes, we made sure to turn those off before we got him out. What he loved even more was when someone would push the ceiling fan and round and round he’d go.
Of the four birds, he was definitely the least annoying. He didn’t talk, yell at me, and his bite didn’t hurt when he tried to bite you. His cage was the only one I could tolerate changing the paper. And now his cage is empty. I can’t bring myself to go look at it as I know, that even though I don’t like birds, I will cry.
The house will definitely feel different without that little yellow fellow. We will miss his cheerful chirps greatly.
R.I.P. Elvis ~about1991(1992)- August 9, 2011