Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Feb 01, 2014
Growing up I owned a Cockatiel. Her name was Sammy and she was a very vocal bird. Normally, female Cockatiels are not that vocal, but Sammy was. After we had trained the male to whistle every time someone would walk into the room, Sammy decided that she wanted to be more active. I worked with her and eventually she was doing step up exercises and different tricks. She was the friendliest birds I have ever owned.
The difference between this bird and others is that they are so beautiful. Sure, there were multiple of times where Sammy would poop on my arm, shirt and other parts of my clothing, but that is perfectly normal, especially when you have just owned them. However, she knew not to bite. Mostly, this breed is a lover, not a fighter.
This is a great bird because of its trainability. There are many things in which you can do with a Cockatiel. Our birds had their wings clipped and it was not fun trying to get them back in the cage when they got out. You wouldn't think it, but these birds move pretty fast. This is the bird to have when you have children. They know that they are not allowed to bite and they won’t. I was very happy with these types of birds.