I would like to tell you all about my fiance's pet bird, (which was also mine, but part time, since we don't live together).
I gave Pudgie to him for his 17th birthday. He was a very young bird, just a few months old, and he was his first pet, ever. He still had stripes, and we couldn't tell what his sex was. The lady at the pet shop guessed that he was a female, so for the first couple of months, we always referred to him as "she/her".
We had Pudgie for almost 9 years. He lived a happy life, chirping away at his reflection, coming out to fly around and land on people's heads and glasses, and sharing his life with ours.
The following was copied from Facebook.
"In Memory of Pudgie Palakiko Castrillo
April 25th 2012 in Home
Thanks for all the laughter you brought, listening in times of need, the happiness you brought to everyone around you, and keeping us company. You became part of the family, growing with us through the years, and even saw some new faces in the family pop up. Your coming into our life was a gift, and I'm glad to have known you and to have you as a friend. Rest in peace girl, we won't forget everything you did for us!
Pudgie Palakiko Castrillo
"The bird we thought was a 'she', but was really a 'he'"
March 27, 2004 - April 25, 2012"
Pudgie is now in the backyard, and we've used a flower to mark her grave.