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Tumas

Cockatiel

Overall satisfaction

2/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: Female

Appearance

3/5

Friendly with owner

1/5

Friendly with family

1/5

Trainability

0/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Song-vocal quality

2/5

Mimics sounds-words

2/5

Health

3/5

Easy to feed

0/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

3/5

Mean, mean bird

By

Idaho, United States

Posted May 11, 2013

I have heard the Cockatiel often recommended as a great first time bird. But the one female cockatiel, Tumas, I inherited from a deceased family member, was a nightmare. I do not think that that Tumas got very much attention when he was younger. Consequently, he was a mean, mean bird. I think this demonstrates the importantce of being a companion to your bird early on.

Tumas, who was under-socialized, would leave her cage, but she had no desire to have any interaction with people. When it came time to return her to her cage it was a nightmare to get her. Also, she would bite. I got bit many, many times by her. She would bite when I gave her food, when I would touch her, and one time when I touched the cage. Her bites were also very hard. On several occasions she broke my skin and caused me to bleed. Because of how hard the bites were, I only recommend this bird for people with older children.

I prefer parakeets. Tumas was not as vocal as parakeets. If you are looking for a good beginning bird, I would recommend the parakeet. The parakeet was much more vocal with me, and the parakeet was much friendlier.

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