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"I look at Derbyans and other psittacula as having the cat-like personalities of the parrot world. Like many cats, they don't really need you, they just tolerate you and will show affection on occasion...on their terms. I hand-fed my Derbyan from 6 weeks of age to weaning (she was raised in a great environment before that), and she is still quite grumpy at times. She has learned to growl instead of bite when she is mad luckily, and she is not territorial at all, always stepping up even when inside her cage. However, she "tolerates" being pet, pinning her eyes and just sitting there growling, or whatever is close to a growl for a parrot. She hasn't drawn blood with a bite to this day, and on occasion preens my hair (even while typing this). She is a great talker, learning various Star Trek phrases and speaking them like a 5 year old would, VERY loudly and slightly off-key. And she'll destroy anything chewable within reach of her cage. Watch out for that....somehow she survived chewing through a power cable for my cordless phone (she flew to the kitchen counter...) For people like me who live alone and work outside the home for 8 or more hours a day and appreciate companionship with their birds when they get home (every day, out of the cage!), psittacula, including Derbyan Parakeets, are great. I had a TAG that was a GREAT companion, but I didn't like the clinginess of that ringneck and Derbyan are happy sitting on the back of my office chair, watching me type, and enjoying the occasion petting session."

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