Lawnrest, New Jersey, United States
Posted Feb 03, 2009
Appearance--Beautiful birds, expecially with their quirky crest/crown feathers!
Friendly with owner/Family--My cockatiel and I have been together since she was 3 days old, so she immediately imprinted on me, and knows me only as her mother. She is relatively friendly with others--but only with women! For some reason, she hisses and pecks any men that get near enough (in other words, in biting range)
Activity Level--Very, very hyper and active--she loves coming out of her cage to fly around the room.
Song Quality/frequency and mimicking--I love to listen to her little songs, however, she can get quite annoying when she wants to come out or when she hears my voice--nonstop chatter! These birds can learn to mimic words, but they aren't the best bird for the job.
Health/vigor/maintenance/care--My bird has always been an unhealthy bird, but she is always very vigorous. Despite her unhealthiness, she caught a cold once--was sick for 4 days, but healed well and is still going strong. These birds are relatively high-maintenance--all you need to do is spare 1 hour per day to spend time with the bird, and 15 minutes per week to change the cage.
Seasonal Aggression--Oh dear! My tiel always lays eggs, and even though she doesn't have a mate, she guards those eggs like a crocodile! I can quickly avert this, however--after she lays the eggs, I place the eggs in a tupperware container and cover it with seran-wrap. This way, she still sees the eggs, but she doesn't guard them.
Cost to Own--not expensive, persay--just make sure that you have enough spare money lying around.