Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Jul 07, 2014
I've had the pleasure of working with my girlfriend's cockatiel, Moe Bunny, for the past three years or so, and I don't really have anything negative to say about the bird. Cockatiels are beautiful birds, especially the males. I always admire the distinctive crest of feathers and pinkish red cheeks. Cockatiels are also typically very clean animals; Moe's mess almost never expands past the perimeter of his cage, even when he's been let out to roam the house for a little while and stretch his wings.
Cockatiels aren't the kind of bird that you can just leave in a cage and have nothing to do with it; time outside the cage and physical attention from the owner are essential to a cockatiel's health and happiness. Your hard work won't go unrewarded though, as cockatiels can become very attached to and affectionate toward their owners, and even a little possessive. Moe seems to think he's in competition with me for my girlfriend's attention, which can be frustrating when he decides to get vocal(these birds can be loud), but I can definitely appreciate his attachment to her. As I understand it, a well-treated cockatiel can live 20 years or more, if you're lucky, so I would absolutely recommend one of these birds as a great long-term companion. I look forward to many more years of working with Moe Bunny.