Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jul 15, 2013
I owned a pair of Cockatiels, and they were just so adorable and ever so cheeky. It is important to know that they are very sociable and curious birds and will get depressed if they are left alone for long periods of time. They may hit their heads against cages, pull their feathers, refuse to eat, or become angry. It’s best to get a pair of cockatiels.
I didnt train my cockateils however I read that hand fed cockateils are more likely to mimic words. My cockateils didnt really mimic our words - however they had a beautiful whistle -it was a real joy to wake up to in the mornings.
I was captivated by their beauty and they were quite charming and socialable - they seemed very curious with what I was doing whenever I was near their cage.
Because of their inquisitive nature they need constant stimulation and can get bored very easily. They need toys and human attention - especially if they dont have a mate with them in the cage. This can make them high maitenance - if you just want a bird for its beauty and song, then a cockateil probably isnt the best choice. Also they hold a lot of dust, so if you have allergies then again they may not be ideal.