Posted Jan 30, 2013
I kept this bird as a therapeutic bird for my grandmother, who had Alzheimer's. She was a great animal lover her whole life, and the Cockatiel was an entertaining, interactive bird that gave her some daily activities. Aside from that, I would recommend a Cockatiel as a "starter bird" for a family with children interested in something a little hardier and more trainable than a Parakeet. Cockatiels are very intelligent, and can be taught to mimic songs or do silly little parlor tricks like puzzles or "dances." They are exceptionally healthy birds too, and cheap to maintain (two things you wouldn't get with a full-sized parrot). One drawback: they do tend to make a lot of shrill noise when they are excited.