Acquired: Pet store,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
They may be beautiful and playful and fun but cockatiels are A LOT of work.
They whistle and sing all the time...ALL THE TIME. The only time they don't sing is when they're completely shrouded and in the dark.
Cockatiels are also very, very fragile. They're very susceptible to respiratory infections and are easily injured if handled too roughly. I would caution against letting young children play with small birds like cockatiels without experienced supervision.
They also require a lot of care. Cages get messy quickly. Wings have to be clipped. Water and food has to be changed. They have to be held and talked to.
Here's the really gross part - as a bird owner, expect to be pooped on. Cockatiels have no qualms about pooping anywhere and everywhere.
In terms of their songs, cockatiels are able to mimic basic sounds or songs. They're not as smart as some larger birds like Cockatoos and Macaws but cockatiels are able to do some basic mimickry.
If you're squeamish, busy or not home a lot, I wouldn't recommend a cockatiel as a pet. However, they're great little companions for calmer homes where someone is able to devote a lot of time and effort.
(photo courtesy of annycheng on Wikimedia Commons under GNU Free Documentation License)