Posted May 22, 2013
Birds are great if you like birds. Cockatiels are great until you realize that they are never quiet. Kids love them because they learn to mimic the sounds they hear every day. For example, ours was given to us by my uncle, who was in the Navy at the time, and he had a very colorful vocabulary. After we had him for a couple of years, his vocabulary for the profane diminished and he could mimic the whistle from my father's favorite television program, The Andy Griffith Show.
All very nice and all, but not for someone who actually wanted to hear another person in the room talk, or hear the television, or do anything that required concentration. He whistled or spoke continuously, even if we had his cage covered.
They are not for young children because they also bite very hard and draw blood.
My experience meant that I would never own another bird again, even if he was beautiful and was fun at times.
I do not have a photo of Cherokee, so I have picked one from WikiCommons to display.