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Subtlety is Overrated

Getting a cockatiel fed is a marvel of timing and logistics.

For starters, cockatiels are very smart. They recognize patterns quickly, and they can anticipate what is about to unfold.

Eagerly.

To compound the challenge, cockatiels are anything but subtle. If they want something, there is no reason to hang back. Either you will give it to them quietly, or they will take it by force.

Aha. That is MY food bowl. Next to MY food supplies. In MY pantry. In MY house. There is MY mama, who is moving unacceptably slowly….I am VERY hungry….
Well, this is quite crunchy. But it is not as flavorful as millet. Or grape nuts cereal. Or oat groats. Or…mmmmm….sunflower seeds.
Oh. Well, that food bowl looks very close. I bet if I just….
Yup. It worked just as I thought.

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