Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 15, 2013
It was my older brother's 16th birthday when we got these birds. As we walked into the house, before seeing the birds, he stated "Please, don't make my gift an animal." And of course it was.
On February 1st, 2010, we obtained two Cockatiels, one male(Lothar) and one female(Helga).
They were both aesthetically pleasing, and were bright friendly birds. They never pecked or clawed at any member of our family, and were always eager to play with my younger sisters.
However, there is a downside to these birds, and perhaps to all birds, but these birds specifically. They were never quiet. They would chirp and whistle all night- beautifully, as I might add, but still they would do it all night. It took a long time to get used to waking up in the middle of the night because a bird is screaming.
I lost a lot of sleep over them, and being in High school, one of the most trying times of someone's patience, I found it hard to sympathize with the birds.
However loud they were, they were incredibly easy to care for. Ours specifically enjoyed fruit, and sometimes that could be used as an incentive to get them to quiet down for a while. For the most part, though we fed them bird seed, which they seemed to enjoy.
We were living in an apartment at the time, so it seems important to point out that these birds are not suited for that type of living, so if you live in an apartment I would not recommend this bird to you. It is incredibly loud(fun and playful, yes, but INCREDIBLY loud), and will annoy your neighbors to no end. My mother's current landlord realized that, and did not allow her to bring Lothar and Helga to her current apartment, so we had to give them away.
Even so, we visited them every once in a while and the change in environment seems to have had very little if any effect on them, which says something for their spry, fun personalities.
All in all I would say that these birds are fun to have around until the sun goes down- then, of the noise. The beautiful whistling WILL keep you awake for hours at a time, and there is very little that you can do about it.