Acquired: Pet store
California, United States
Posted May 08, 2014
The age of the bird, and dates of how long we had the cockatiel are estimates currently, since I don't remember them very well if at all (my apologies).
She was alright overall -- but seemed aloof, nervous, and sort of inactive; not my ideal bird. I think my dad may have gotten along with her the best, between him, my mother and myself. She didn't seem very vocal, either. I remember her standing on the main perch frequently just staring at things.
I was hesitant at trying to coax her onto my finger inside the cage, because she'd usually freak out a bit and remind me of a hissing cat but in bird form. Perhaps she was a nervous bird -- I don't know much about cockatiels in general -- or perhaps it was because I was only about 11 or 12 at the time.
We also had a dog then, but she was well behaved, and it didn't matter much anyway since we kept the cockatiel in her cage the majority of the time.
Her wings were clipped when we got her, so she didn't go outright flying around the house. She had rather pretty coloring...orange-red cheeks and a mostly light yellow face, and medium grey body. She really, really loved the millet treats we gave her from time to time. Once, she laid an egg, which I thought was really cool until I was told it wouldn't hatch into a baby bird, haha. Please excuse my ignorance--like I said, I was about 12 when we had her. We had to sell her to someone else when we moved out of state.
Anyway, in my opinion, the cockatiel seems like a well-behaved bird, and pretty healthy. I think they'd be good for people who are passive, quiet, and/or serious; but probably not very good pets for young children.
*photo from Wikimedia Commons at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cockateil.jpg