Ricky. Eastern Rosella.
I think Ricky was one of the first birds I ever posted on this forum.
He was handed in to a rescue and then transfered to another as he was cage aggressive.
It turned out that he was a young bird and chances are he fell out of a nest.
He certainly had 'Balls'
I was the one who went to get him from the first rescue. The lady said "You want gloves". No! I can deal with it. He made me bleed but I would not let go and carried on putting him in the travel cage.
At the rescue I used to let him out, that way they could service his cage without getting bitten. He was always full of himself. And he started to stalk and attack people in the bird room. I used to laugh at his antics. Nobody liked bleeding though. So he was put on notice that he would be going out in an aviary. So I stepped in and took him home. He never did bite me again, though he would attack anybody who came in the house, and I mean attack. One mate called him a 'Flying Rotweiller' Ricky got him by a knuckle and was shaking the **** out my mate. Another guy Ricky launched at bleed from the bite just below his lip.
Yet he loved me.
He had to leave though as he started to attack my baby Cockatiles. I came home one day and found one bleeding badly from toes chewed off.
He went from this
To this in a year.
And the best photo ever of him.
Ricky could be pushy.
Ricky checking out the new bird pool, that I had just fired up for the very first time.
All I can say is that if I was to have just one bird I would certainly try again. Make no mistake I would not tell anybody to get one.
You need to bond, though. Ricky in human terms was Arrogant, showed no fear at all, and was very pushy. When he attacked you could knock him down and he would come forward on the floor. Attitude to burn.
I loved him and was lucky he loved me back.
Molly was the only other Eastern Rosella I know of who was hand tame.
Sorry I have to correct this. There was a great story of one that latched on to a young boy, when he was playing in a barn, that went home with them and was tame.
These are the type of birds you keep in aviaries for very good reasons. Not as pets. My relationship with Ricky was a very special one.