Bird ID: 5751
Species: Cockatiel
Sex: Male
Sub-Species: Normal Grey
Health Status: Healthy
Good with Children: Unknown
Well Socialized: Yes
Currently in Foster Care
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Hi! My name is Bernie and I`m one of those cockatiels who is totally sweet on the inside, but I feel like I need to bluff my way through the big, bad world sometimes. My foster mom says "Bernie can step up, but he really doesn`t like to. He bluffs and hisses when I stick my hand in his cage, but he also contact calls incessantly when I walk out of the room. He wants to be friends, but he`s just a little bit of a drama queen about having his own space in the relationship!"

I like soft chewable toys and vegetables - both let me show off my chewing abilitites. I also enjoy showers quite a lot.

Bernie has had repeatedly high uric acid levels, but they *do* come down when he has a high-moisture diet with lots of veggies. Veggies will be key to his health, and fortunately, he does like to eat them. It will be important for him to have periodic vet visits to monitor his uric acid levels.
In nature, cockatiels live in large flocks. A single bird in a cage spends much of his/her life being lonely because humans have things they must do that take them away. We therefore will only adopt a single cockatiel to a household if there is already at least one cockatiel living there. Otherwise, cockatiels must be adopted in groups of two or more.