It’s funny – if you impersonate somebody,
they have no idea it’s them.
— Tracey Ullman —
This is Darcy Tucker – Tuckie, for short – and he is a 10 year old, white-faced cockatiel. He was “rescued” from a pet shop at the tender age of five weeks.
Truth is: I went to the pet shop to get dog treats and chanced upon the birds. After two minutes consideration, he was on his way to the checkout counter with dog treats and miscellaneous baby bird paraphernalia. What can I say? I’m female and there was a sale…
He got his name from Darcy Tucker the hockey player because he was a very rowdy, mouthy, little bird (that hasn’t changed for either the bird or his namesake) who quickly learned to yell “Goal! Yessir! Yessir!” when he heard a buzzer on TV or the radio. Fortunately, he didn’t learn the frequent occasional swearing at the refs. Tuckie prefers “peek-a-boo”, “pretty boy”, “Go, Stevie, go” (Steve Yzerman) and “Go, go, Cheerio” (Martin St. Louis – that’s a story for another time).
Tuckie frequently suffers from multiple personality disorder (or maybe it’s bird schizophrenia) as evidenced by the photos. Some days he has delusions of grandeur and pretends to be an eagle, other days he thinks he’s Santa Bird – though he reminds me more of Jeff Dunham’s “Walter” (video has profanity) with feathers. Thankfully, he never learned “Welcome to Walmart…”