Posted Jul 06, 2013
My mother actually wanted to get a bird, so Dad got her a Cockatiel for Christmas. He was beautiful; white feathers with a long tail that was yellow on the tips as well as a yellow on his mowhawk. He didn't look anything like the picture; his feathers were all white. He was a few months whenever we got him so he was pretty young.
We had nice open cage for him which hung from the ceiling and let him look out the window. The cage was not expensive and we got it from a pet store. He only required some bird food and water every now and again. We did have to clean out his cage when he made a mess, but that was only probably every month or so; he was pretty clean.
The only problem we had was that he didn't talk. Cockatiels are known for being able to learn and mimic words and phrases they hear repeatedly. We tried for months and month to get him to say words but the best he could do was mimic tunes. What ended up happening was that my brother and I taught him such annoying tunes that my mother got annoyed and sold him. She didn't really like the fact he couldn't talk [that is why she wanted him] and the annoying screeching didn't help either.
Quincy was very healthy and we never had any problem with him. We weren't able to take him out because he didn't like to be touched very much. I wouldn't suggest this for a little kid, but for an older adult, maybe someone who is alone a lot, it could be a nice animal. We think we just had one of the bad ones that couldn't talk so I think most of them do. It would be nice to have someone to talk to if you were alone especially a little birdy like Quincy.