Posted May 21, 2013
My family got Jessica the Cockatiel when I was twelve. She was a beautiful bird who loved to pace on the floor of her cage and sing at the crack of dawn. My mother, a Christian Opera singer used to hold "singing contests" with her when Jessica got really talkative. If you are considering purchasing this breed of bird, keep in mind that their song can at times sound like a high-pitched bird scream. Let me tell you, at dawn, that's the last thing you want to hear. They are lovely to look at and entertaining to watch if you like animals that pace or shuffle from side to side on their perches. Because of their noise factor, they are good companions for kids. If you are a person with a low tolerance for repetitive noises like beeps, and the sound of bird talons against a cage you might want to go with a different pet option. It is also worth noting that you should keep your fingers clear of the bars; Jessica had a biting habit. Children over 8 should be able to appreciate the beauty of the bird without touching; I don't think this would be a suitable pet for younger children for this reason. The benefits of selecting a Cockatiel for a pet are that they are relatively low maintenance. You don't have to walk them, just clean out the bottom of their cages regularly and provide them with fresh water. Cockatiel food is relatively cheap and can be brought in bulk at most pet stores.