Bred bird myself
British Columbia, Canada
Posted Mar 12, 2014
As a young girl I lived with my Grandparents that were breeders of many different types of birds. I was particular fond of a pair of pearl cockatiels that we kept in the house.
Cockatiel lifespans in captivity are generally 15 to 20 years, though it is
sometimes given as short as 12 to 15 years. Ours lived to about 10. They liked
to hang out with us on our shoulders. However, from what I understand they
generally do not like to be man-handled by people.
Cockatiels are generally better at imitating whistles than speech. Our male did
talk (he said a handful of words) but was a fantastic whistler. Our female
didn't talk or whistle. It amazed me that they liked to eat hard boiled eggs!
Both their temperaments were fantastic. Very sweet natured, extremely social andgreat with anybody and everybody!