Acquired: Pet store
By Aaron Chase
Posted Jun 28, 2013
I owned a Cockatiel for a few months by the name of Sam, I bough Sam from our local pet store, Sam was acquired by the pet store from an unfriendly previous home. Sadly Sam died after a few months from unknown reasons, although we had a few guesses it was uncertain.
From my experience Cockatiels are very friendly birds, Sam - after he had gotten used to us as his new owners - was more then willing to jump on my fingers, hang out on my shoulders while I worked on my computer, and even playfully peck at me.
However I must say that I was disappointed that I never heard Sam mimic any human words, or even sounds about him. To be sure he would chirp, and make bird noises. But when I acquired him I was told that Cockatiels were birds that would mimic human noises. Mine however did not. :(
To be fair I do have a friend who's Cockatiel did mimic the sound of their Microwave beeper!
I am no professional bird trainer, but from what I could tell Sam trained fairly easily, especially the basics of climbing onto fingers & shoulders, and small stuff like that.
Sam tended to be uncomfortable with anyone getting near it who he was not familiar with. However with his owners who he was comfortable with he had no problem being petted, talked to, etc...
Over all I would say that Cockatiels are good birds, but not nearly as easy to take teach to mimic human sounds as you may have heard.