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Cockatiel

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired:

Gender: Female

Appearance

5/5

Friendly with owner

5/5

Friendly with family

4/5

Trainability

0/5

ActivityLevel

5/5

Song-vocal quality

5/5

Mimics sounds-words

3/5

Health

3/5

Easy to feed

0/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

My first Cockatiel

By

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.

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