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Edward

Cockatiel

Overall satisfaction

2/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Friendly with owner

2/5

Friendly with family

1/5

Trainability

2/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Song-vocal quality

5/5

Mimics sounds-words

3/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

0/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Great For Some

By

United States

Posted Apr 30, 2013

I bought a cockatiel when I was in college to keep me company while I lived alone. He came from a breeder who dealt mostly with more exotic birds, so he didn't get any personal attention or training before the age of one. Regardless of how often I spent time with him or tried to train him, he remained terrified of human touch. He did, however, love hanging out on top of his cage.

He learned a great deal of songs and sounds from me, and I would often sit with him and read out loud, while he munched on something. He seemed the happiest when I was close to him, but not trying to touch him. My cockatiel was extremely easy to take care of, though he had to be cleaned often. I changed his toys ever week, and he seemed excited each time there were new ones.

I had a hard time training this bird, and I was able to train guinea pigs, dogs, and rats before owning this bird. Personally, I think it would be best to get the bird very young so it'll bond with you, making training very easy. If you get them later in life, prepare yourself for a hard time.

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