Re: Cockatiel Lifespan

Subject: Re: Cockatiel Lifespan
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 12:33:49 +0800
I got the following request from Lynda Ables <>.  Come 
someone answer it?  Either direct to Lynda, or I can forward it on.  

> I rescued an abused cockatiel ten years ago.  He was about three at the
> time.  Can you give me an expected lifespan for a captive bird?  He is so
> precious, but has several peculiarities because of his unhappy youth.  He
> has a foot fetish.  He will walk up to a bare foot and begin what looks
> like a mating dance with low posture, outspread wings, flat crest and a
> "whoop, Whoop" chant.  He almost goes into a trance.  He absolutely will
> not let me touch him with my hands, even after all these years of
> gentleness and attention.  He goes completely frantic when a hand comes
> close to him.  He is very affectionate in that he wants to be close to
> me.....just never try to touch him with a hand.  So sad.  But, I dearly
> love this little bird and have been told he can live to be fifteen or
> seventy.  I would appreciate your opinion.
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