Hello cockatiel lovers,
My name is Beetle, which my mama tells me is because of my lovely tuft. I came
to live in Amersfoort on Queensday (30 April) 2002. Only four weeks old, I
still needed additional handfeeding; now I've grown quite a bit taller. At
times I can be a very naughty cockatiel, getting pleasure from teasing mommy.
I walk over the computer keyboard and pull the paper from the printer; that
device is so slow, it really needs my help. Unfortunately, this does leave
imprints of my beak on the paper. From time to time I like to have a bit of
coffee too, though it must have sugar in it!
When I was young I could only scream, by now I can sing too. Mommy tries to
teach me her tunes, but I really don't feel like whistling those, I have my
own repertoire! But note that I do say "mama" to her; she said it to me that
often that I've started saying it too. This makes her very proud of me. I like
to sit on mommy's head and whistle my tunes to her. Pulling mommy's earrings
is also a lot of fun, she starts screaming too. Then I quickly say "mama" and
she stops being angry at me.
When I want to leave my cage I start tapping with my beak on the food cups. If
mommy doesn't react, I scream out loud, which usually results in the cage door
opening up. I enjoy giving kisses, especially through the cage bars. Mommy
sits on the other side and says "giive me a kiss". She often does this in the
morning when she's just out of bed; as I like kissing, I am always happy to
comply. Cuddling with mommy is something I only do when I feel like it. She
scratches my head, nicely over my crown, until I have had enough and walk
Straws are awesome, I can play with those for hours in a row. When one straw
is done for, I go fetch myself another one from mommy's tin. The spoon in
her coffee mug is too heavy for me, so I only rattle with that. Two other
cockatiels, named Lucky and Elvis, are living with me in my cage. They are
still a bit afraid and don't want to sit with Mommy, much to my liking as in
this way I have her all to myself. On the photograph my crest isn't very
yellow yet, but that changed after my first moulting. Mommy feels my crest
turns more beautifull by the day. Well, I think this is about all I wanted you
to know, the rest are private matters between me and my mom.
Dear Mama, I love you, let's hope I make it to be cockatiel of the month!
Lots of kisses, your Beetle.