Ricky

Indian Ringneck
Age or Hatch Date: Possibly hatched 1997

Gender: Male

Best qualities: Low maintenance, mostly easy going.  Curious, delightful, interacts with all the people in our household:  mom, dad and calm 9-year-old boy.  Ricky has a couple of chatty times a day but is generally a quiet housemate.

Favorite food: Almonds, walnuts, apples, grapes, pomegranates, corn, edamame. Awesome eater of fresh foods too!

Favorite toys: Piñata type toys to chew apart.  Has a play stand he likes to fly to from the “bird room.”  Likes to inspect the cages of the other birds by visiting their “apartments” when they are out. 

Challenges/Quirks: Can be nippy.  May be reluctant to return to his cage but may step up better to a sleeve in this instance.

Gets along with other birds: Is curious and cordial but distant with the dusky conure foster in the home.

Gets along with dogs: Scared of them.

Gets along with cats: Unknown

Gets along with kids: Steps up to the arm of the 9-year-old boy in the  house.  Flies to  the shoulder of anyone he thinks he can get food from. Loves to “help” in the kitchen and very curiously inspects activities if people are preparing food to see what he might like.

Dowel or Step Up trained: Knows to step-up on finger.

Vocabulary: Cheeps, says “Really?” which is often used in context.  Also says, "come here," "here," "Rick," “Ricky”, “Lu-cy, come here!”, kisses, wolf whistles and occasionally says “here kitty, kitty” and was once heard to say: “Are you my pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty friend”?

Activity:  Flies to  the shoulder of all in the household if he thinks he can get food. Very curiously inspects the kitchen if people are preparing food to see what he might like. Flies to the shoulder of visitors.  Loves to eat meals with the family.  If you are eating, he wants to be perched on a shoulder or a dining chair with his people. Ricky also puts himself to bed when the lights are shut off in the bird room at night.

Known health issues: None.

Other comments: None.

Last updated: 04/14/2020

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