||I bought Chipper in May (of
'98) a few weeks after my first bird, a tiel, died. The tiel had
decided that he only liked me, and would bite anybody else in the family.
(I think we could have fixed this if anybody had been motivated enough
to work on it, but given the bird's attitude, other members of the family
didn't see why they should bother.) My teenagers also complained
that the tiel was too loud (!).
So I wanted a pretty quiet
bird (also that means he can come to the office with me on a semi-regular
basis) and was anxious to get one that would not intimidate my bird-shy
family. Chipper is non-intimidating just because he is so small (less than
two ounces, smaller than a tiel).
He's going on ten months old
now and has a delightful personality, feisty and playful. I often
see him swinging upside down from a bell, trying to remove the clapper
(be sure to check that they are solidly attached when you buy toys).
He likes to tunnel through an old t-shirt sleeve and play peek-a-boo.
When we laugh he joins the clamor. He loves to do tricks, his favorite
being a somersault around my forefinger. Very bold and aggressive
and assertive compared to a tiel, a lot more "physical." At this
age he still likes it when we have company over, and will go willingly
to strangers. He's quite flexible about diet and trying new foods
although often he would rather play and interact than eat.