Acquired: Bred bird myself
Posted Jul 05, 2014
I have found that a lot of people's first impression of parrots in general is that they should be able to mimic. However, there is more to it than that. Cockatiels are not very good at mimicking and likely what they do learn to mimic will not be what you want them to learn. However the level of bonding and communication between owner and pet is very much worth it. My flock is a lot like a personal cheering squad that greets me when I get home. Meeka whom I’ve hand raised from the time she was 4 weeks old learned to potty train under a year old. Also cockatiels can be taught a number of things like picking up small hair ties or teaching them to go to the bathroom when you say a special command over the trash can.
The downside to having a cockatiel is the mess. Birds are messy plain and simple. Expect a lot of vacuuming daily because cockatiels de-husk seed and will throw and scatter the left overs. Even if you feed them a pellet diet they are well equipped at scattering that kind of food as well. Sound level is only detraction if you keep more than one Male cockatiel. Male cockatiels enjoy singing and will sing both in the morning and around 6 pm in the evening. In comparison to most parrots Cockatiels are a great choice due to their relative quiet nature. All birds are loud but cockatiels are some of the quietest birds when it comes to parrots species as a whole.