Posted Jun 01, 2013
A cockatiel is a wonderful bird to have. Their beautiful head crest of feathers seem to act as eyebrows, making them very expressive birds. I Sunset shared her cage with a yellow parakeet of mine that I called Goldi. Sometimes they would engage in aggressive play and Sunset would make the cutest hisses as her head dress flattened against the back of her head. Yes, cockateils can hiss, haha.
They are very obedient birds when you train them right. They will sit obediently on your shoulder, maybe crawling over to the other after a time, and it is easy for them to learn how to step up onto your finger. I would suggest not owning a relatively small bird like this if you have children under four or five. I was given this bird because the family who owned it previously had a little boy who would like to pull out its tail feathers.
Birds are extremely sensitive creatures. If you neglect them, or if something drives them into depression, it may be impossible to reverse it. When Goldi died, Sunset fell into deep depression and died less than a week later because she gave up eating. It was heartbreaking, but for the time that I owned her she was a great joy to have around the house.
Note: The picture shown is not my bird, it is another cockateil that looks like her that I found on google.