Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Aug 05, 2013
Cockatiel's are beautiful birds, they can be fun and funny to watch, however they aren't a pet for those with children. The can snip and almost bite at them. Children are easily excitable, as are the birds; they are for all intents and purposes flighty, don't mind the pun. I've seen several of them (on separate occasions mind you) nip at a child, or an adult for that matter. Their beaks are sharp so they can draw blood. For an adult I think the bird would be a fine pet. They need minimal maintenance besides cleaning their cages, letting them stretch and fly every once and awhile and keeping an eye on their beak so it doesn't grow in on itself (think how human toenails grow.) Overall I would recommend a Cockatiel for an adult household.