Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Here's a bit of my experience with Puiu: I find it quite hard to train, but I think this is because I didn't have him from the beginning of his life. Anyway, since I had the time, I spent longer with him, and some results are visible. What I like the most in Puiu is the way he sings songs that he hears repeatedly. He is a song parrot, not a word one:). Give him his seeds, water, cuttlefish bone, favourite toy, and me and you have a happy bird. That's right, me, he really gets attached to the person that spends the most time with him.
From my experience, I think this is the kind of bird that needs the minimum cleaning to be done for him.
The most unpleasant thing about Puiu is when he gets loud and he can get really loud, especially in the morning. I don't keep his cage covered by night. I guess this is the only unpleasant thing about him. If you overcome this aspect, having a cockatiel might be very joyful. My personal reccomandation is to take it when he is young, this would help a lot in stabilising a quicker bond with it.
Oh, I almost forgot, male cockatiels tend to be more singful than females. And maybe you will find useful to know that in 2 years since I have him, he has never been sick, and looks very very healthy.