Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 19, 2013
Samantha aka Sammy was a nippy little bugger. I wouldn't call cockatiels mean but I also wouldn't call them friendly; they enjoy biting, especially fingers, and are very stubborn. Sammy was pretty trainable and she did learn a few tricks and how to stay nicely on people's shoulders, though as soon as she was tired of it she'd make a fuss and want to be put back in her cage. She also didn't mind being petted for a few seconds, but wouldn't tolerate it much longer than that.
They like flinging food outside of their cages, so we kept newspaper or a towel/mat under Sammy's cage all the time. I also noticed that Sammy and other cockatiels tend to take really well to one or two humans and not be such a big fan of anyone besides those they've chosen. On the upside, cockatiels are attractive with their distinguished crests and bright orange spots, and they have a very clear voice; I actually really like it, though others may find it a bit noisy. They pick up tunes with relative ease and sometimes repeat really funny or odd sounds like the rush of running water. I enjoyed having a cockatiel, but couldn't recommend them as a pet to children because of their stubborn nature and constant cage cleanings...but also because of their tendency to nip!