Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jun 04, 2013
We had our cockatiel for quite some time. His name was Henry. Henry was a very polite bird much of the time. I have had experience with other types of birds that were not as gentle. You could and we did open up his cage frequently to clean and to take him out. With any bird that is a certain amount of cleaning you have to do as they usually eat seeds, which you will have to sweep up and usually you have to change out whatever you line the cage with pretty regularly. Cockatiels are able to mimic human voices up to a certain point we had a friend of the family that had one that was able to say something that sounded like pretty bird. Henry lived for a long time for the most part. Unfortunately, our bird did eventually develop tumors and ended up dying in his sleep. This is not the case over all for these birds and I knew several people who owned them where this was not a problem. It just happened to have happened to him. We were very sad and he is greatly missed.