Many of you have heard me talk about Lely before. As the proud owner of a delightful cockatoo named Lely, I am thrilled to celebrate National Pet Bird Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the joy, companionship, and unique beauty that pet birds bring into our lives. Cockatoos are not just pets; they are cherished members of our families, filling our homes with their vibrant personalities and beautiful feathers. In this article, I want to share my perspective on the significance of National Pet Bird Day and the special bond that cockatoo owners like myself have with these incredible birds.
The Unique Appeal of Cockatoos
Cockatoos, with their distinctive crests and playful personalities, are a favorite among bird enthusiasts worldwide. These parrots hail from the family Cacatuidae and come in a variety of species, each with its own charm. My own Lely was a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, known for its intelligence and social nature.
One of the most endearing qualities of cockatoos is their ability to form deep emotional connections with their human caregivers. Lely, like many cockatoos, craved attention and affection. She loved nothing more than snuggling on my shoulder, preening my hair, or mimicking my best friend’s laughter when I told her jokes. Sometimes, she would ask, ‘Are you crazy?’ before laughing along. This bond between a cockatoo and its owner is truly unique and heartwarming.
The Importance of National Pet Bird Day
National Pet Bird Day, celebrated on September 17th each year, is a wonderful opportunity for bird lovers to come together and appreciate the feathered companions that enrich our lives. This day is not only a chance to celebrate the beauty and wonder of pet birds but also an occasion to raise awareness about their care and well-being.
For cockatoo owners, this day holds particular significance. It allows us to showcase the beauty of these birds and share our experiences with others. It's also a reminder of our responsibility to provide the best possible care for our feathered friends. Cockatoos, like all pet birds, have specific dietary, social, and environmental needs, and National Pet Bird Day serves as a reminder to educate ourselves and others about proper bird care.
Celebrating with Lely
If only! As many of you know, Lely crossed the rainbow bridge. So, on National Pet Bird Day, I’ll be celebrating with Rattle, my Red-Rumped Parakeet. I’ll make sure to give Rattle some extra love and attention. We start our day with his favorite breakfast treats – a mix of fruits (bananas) and seeds (a small piece of spray millet and a couple of sesame seeds). Then, we’ll engage in fun activities like playing with toys, singing songs, and practicing tricks. This special day is also an opportunity to introduce Rattle to new experiences. This year, it will be attending the local bird club meeting—his first time there!
Additionally, National Pet Bird Day is a great time to give back to the bird community. I often make a donation to a local bird rescue or conservation organization that works to protect wild cockatoo populations (I have my favorites and I’m sure you do, too). It's a small way to contribute to the welfare of these magnificent birds in their natural habitats.
National Pet Bird Day is a day of celebration and reflection for cockatoo owners like me. It's a time to express our gratitude for the joy, companionship, and love that our feathered friends bring into our lives. It's also a day to educate ourselves and others about the proper care and conservation of pet birds.
If you're considering bringing a cockatoo into your life, I encourage you to do your research and ensure you can meet their specific needs. The bond you'll form with your cockatoo is unlike any other, and it's a journey filled with love, laughter, and lifelong companionship. Happy National Pet Bird Day to all the cockatoo owners and bird lovers out there – may your days be filled with the delightful cacophony of chirps, whistles, and the occasional raucous ‘Are you crazy?’ from your feathered friends!