I absolutely adore my littler Aero. He's an 8 month old YSGC. I got him at 5 or 6 weeks old and finished handraising him. We started clicker training around 7-8 weeks and he very quickly learned how to wave hi, turn around, and fly to me.
*SMART, funny, quiet, GREAT eater (since I finished handfeeding him, he was weaned onto chop, fresh veggies, sprouted seeds/lentils/legumes, birdie muffins, Tops pellets and a little bit of seed mix with fruit occasionally and nuts for training-- he has never had the opportunity to be picky)
*learns very quickly, cuddly, affectionate, inquisitive...He's already a great mimic and has picked up a few words and phrases (his favorite is asking "What are you doing" from his cage in the evening when he's bee put away for supper and whispering "pretty bird" to himself as he goes to sleep at night. He also mimics me when I laugh and as soon as I get up in the morning he mimics the sound of the bathroom door closing since that is the first place I go lol).
*I don't think he's very messy at all, he is mostly potty trained, and would be more so if I kept up with the training. He used to naturally hold it all night when he had a sleeping cage and I'd get him up in the morning and take him to the toilet or trash can for his poop- I literally only had to change the paper in his sleeping cage maybe once monthly because he simply didn't soil it). Now he's in a giant mansion cage and no longer in a sleeping cage overnight so he poops as he pleases in his cage.
*his colors are just gorgeous.
*He loves taking a shower with me and gets this totally ZEN look on his face while he's on his shower perch.
*He isn't a one person bird....I mean, *I* am his person, but he has free flight of the house most of the day and he will happily fly over to visitors, my boys, my husband (when he's home, he's a truck driver, so frequently gone but that doesn't dampen Aero's love for him, surprisingly).
*He likes my dogs (ALWAYS SUPERVISED, of course)
*He has only nipped me, and rarely at that. He has never drawn blood, though I know hormones are coming and would never rule that out, but in general he is not a beaky bird.
*he's SMART, lol. Which means that he can tell by my body language or putting on my shoes or whatever that I'm getting ready to leave the house and will need to put him back in his cage, so he refuses to come to me at times. It's my fault, tho, as I haven't been training him consistently lately. I'm going to be consciously working on this now as I don't want to engrain bad habits.
*He went through a period of HATING my 14 year old. He would dive bomb and attack him. My son absolutely adored him and never did anything to him but one day Aero just decided he hated him. I have worked with him with clicker, target and stick training and they now can be in the same room together which is a huge improvement.
*He does not enjoy cuddles or petting/scritches from anyone but me. He will happily perch on others, and even perform tricks for them, but cuddles are only for me.
*He is small.....I wish I could order him in about 200-400 gram size :-D
The ugly......He cannot ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever have millet. It turns him into a raging velociraptor. I learned that the very hard way!!