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Old 10-09-2016, 05:33 AM
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As someone, reading around (so much great info on this forum) whilst considering acquiring my first budgie, I thought I'd share this article I came across and found interesting.
The comments by 'Julia' & 'Samantha Shepard' at the end are interesting too.

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Thanks for sharing that interesting information with the forum!
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Aww, the bit about the tiel... What a nice story.
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The way I see it, the names matter the most when a given bird associates the name with them and actually responds to the name when called.
In that case, changing the name would not be that beneficial as it could cause unnecessary confusion to the bird (this is why my male lovebird Khaleesi has retained his name even though it's a female related name).

I have noticed with my birds that the ones who share a closer bond with me will have a better understanding of their names, the less tame ones will usually not identify the given name to them and for this case a name change wouldn't matter much or make a real difference to them.
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That was an amazing article and I really appreciate you sharing it. It made me tear up a bit.
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That is fascinating, thank you so much for that article! I agree that parrots are very intuitive, I agree they have the capacity to know their names well.

The bit about the tiel was so precious

Thanks for sharing
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Great article!! So this is the reason why when I say Richie or Johnny my budgies chirp back to me enthusiastically.
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I have a new cockatiel with me who was found outside. A lot of effort was made to find his family before he was turned over to the rescue. He's very people oriented and is an absolute sweetheart. It makes me sad that he lost his family and that I don't know his name.
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When I was younger I had a lovely budgie called Oscar. We called him so because we were told he was a boy... WRONG! Either way the name stuck so we didn't confuse her.

This time round we have 2 juveniles. A male and a female. We chose on Deacon and Rayna because we love the TV show Nashville (I think this is called Music City in the States). As luck would have it they love Country music!

Obviously the birds names influenced that...
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I have a new cockatiel with me who was found outside. A lot of effort was made to find his family before he was turned over to the rescue. He's very people oriented and is an absolute sweetheart. It makes me sad that he lost his family and that I don't know his name.
Well, I take part of this back. I thought they were calling him "Poppy" because he is a normal grey and somebody was unimaginative in coming up with a name. When I said good morning to him today, he said "I'm Poppy, Poppy, Poppy, Poppy." A couple of times. Got it, Poppy!
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