I have three parakeets Midge, Tweety Bird and Skipper. Parakeets are a lot smarter than you would think. Everybody knows they can say things like Whose a pretty bird but they don't realize the other things you can teach them to do. I'm teaching Skipper to hold a sunflower seed in his beak and not eat it until I say he can. I haven't had any luck yet but I know he can do it. I used to have Max but he excaped through a hole in the screen door that I keep putting off. Every night before I go to bed I go out in the back yard and call him just in case but no luck yet.