Posted Apr 06, 2014
My cockatiel was a gorgeous animal that was happy and active. He did not vocalize, though the person we bought him from said that he might, given time and training.
One thing I would advise folks about from my experience is that you must be almost CONSTANTLY cleaning up after these fellas. Other than that, Elijah (my cockatiel's name) was a very nice companion.
I got this cockatiel at a very young age and fed him by hand with a syringe. He later became very strong and hearty. My toddler shocked us by pulling all its tail feathers out when we weren't looking... (that young lady got a spanking and a stern talking to and now as an adult she is an excellent pet owner).
I tell the story because Elijah fully recovered his feathers and his ability to fly. He would come when called..! I don't know if this is common behavior. Depending on the family member would perch on the caller's shoulder and be carried around the house.
Elijah would fly in a circle over our home and return when he was a young flyer. He gave us a scare though as he got older and his wings would carry him further so we stopped letting him out.
All in all, great bird! I recommend to anyone that doesn't mind picking up after a bird constantly ;-)