Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted May 07, 2014
Anuene, which means rainbow in Hawaiian, is my mother's bird. We got him as a juvenile when I was four years old. Surprisingly enough he is still around and flapping at 24 years of age! He is a very sweet bird and loves to sing. I used to teach him little melodies that he would repeat back to me. Eventually, he would add them to his singing list and just sing them over and over. He has a gentle squeak or squawk compared to other birds like parrots. My mom used to call him our little watch dog. When the car would pull into the driveway, he would hear it and chirp wildly. If it was my mom, he would go all crazy and start singing when he saw her come in the door.
Cockatiels are very low maintenance in terms of cleaning up and food. We fed ours bird seed and various different fruits and veggies like cucumbers and apples. He's a hardy little bird and we only had to take him to the vet for check ups.
The only issue we had with him was that he required a lot more attention then we could give. This led us to getting a second bird for a mate. He was very protective of her and their cage after that. Definitely not as family friendly for a while.