I wanted to wait a little while to post Archy's story since he's still not an adult yet (will be 2 in november). But I figured, why not (and maybe at some point something to look back on)
Archy is a congo... and sooooo not a typical congo, but I love him to bits and pieces.
The good: there is so much good with him. He is a talker, nonstop... Even though his vocabulary isn't that extensive (but it's getting bigger) and when he's not talking, he's whistling, chirping, and imitating all sorts of sounds (from early in the morning until late at night, like i said, nonstop).
Another good thing, which is not typical, he's very snuggly, loves constant cuddles, and will hop from one end of the couch to the other for some snuggles. Myself (and I'll get more into that later) can touch him any which way, and any part of his body without him getting annoyed or upset.
Archy also LOVES showers (again not typical) but theres nothing he loves more than having the water run down his back (and he goes into this zen mode, you can see him just going ahhhh thats the spot).
Lastly, he is a piggy... Archy has an awesome appetite. While there are some fruit and veg he doesn't like as much, at the end of the day he always has a very full crop.
The bad: Archy is a scaredy cat. He is afraid of his own shadow and freaks out about the most random things (computer chairs are ok from a distance, but within 3 ft... phew) He usually will get over stuff, but it takes a lot of time, and if he doesnt see it on a day to day... all the progress is lost (scary things that are not scary, become scary again). Archy also loves making noises and creating chaos, especially in his cage. It doesn't seem bad, but his favorite thing to do is to take his food dishes and toss them down onto the grate at the bottom. Problem with that, no more food or water. And lastly, he is a 1 person bird, the rest of the family may handle him somewhat, but he does randomly bite them, for no reason (as in flying over sitting on their shoulder and just bite) so everybody does need to be on their toes with him.
THE UGLY: Archy can be ugly, VERY ugly. He has 2 things he does which I absolutely HATE. He is territorial and toy aggressive. Unless he is in a bathroom or my room, he becomes very unruly, too much space makes him very aggressive, and he's fine and dandy in my bedroom, but when he has free reign of the house, it's a nightmare. So I often have get him from his cage, (toe hold) carry him upstairs, and let him be his birdy self upstairs. Second, he is very toy aggressive, if he has toys, they are his and don't think about them, don't look at them, AND DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT TOUCHING THEM, he will bite... which is sad because I would love to be able to play with him, but when he has toys, he turns into a mean birdy, and he knows... the good in the ugly, when he knows he misbehaves, he does "say sorry" and gives me a kiss... I think its almost a "oo didn't mean to do that" rather then him doing it bc he wants to.