Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 20, 2014
I owned a cockatiel for many years. I purchased him as a handfed baby and he quickly bonded to me and to my family. Cockatiels are generally not as playful as other parrots, but they make up for that in their loving nature. Cockatiels LOVE to be with people and are, generally, very gentle. Our cockatiel loved to go everywhere with us, rode around on our shoulders, and even enjoyed sharing meals with us. He never learned any words (though they can learn a few), but had a huge repertoire of sounds and songs. He quickly learned how to whistle any tune we set out to teach him.
Like all parrots cockatiels should be housed in the largest cage you can afford, be provided with plenty of toys, and have ample out of cage/human time. They should be fed nutriberries or a pellet diet. They should have fresh fruits, veggies, grains, and seeds daily. It is also important for them to have the opportunity to bath weekly, if not daily.
Cockatiels make excellent, gentle, loving pets that will provide years of love and companionship.