Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 21, 2014
When i was kid my Grandma had a cockatiel named Dandaloo, which is an aboriginal word for "beautiful".
He was a cheeky little guy and great company for my Grandma. Cockatiels are very social and love to interact with their owners. Males are very vocal and are great whistlers.
My Grandma was always whistling old Scottish folk songs and Dandaloo got very good at copying them. They would even do a duet where Grandma would whistle a bit and Dandaloo would continue. The funniest part was that shorty after getting Dandaloo, Grandma got some new false teeth which didn't fit quite right. Because the teeth were a bit loose she would have to suck them into place before she started to whistle. Apparently Dandaloo thought that was just part of the tune so he would always make the same sucking noise before he started whistling too!
Cockatiels are a great pet, don't need to much space and are fairly easy to look after. They like a variety of food, both seeds and fruit & veg. Of course you must keep their cage clean and make sure to give them fresh water every day. Yearly vet visits are a very good idea.