Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 08, 2014
My mother would walk around doing housework with our Cockatiel glued to her shoulder. She would watch TV and let it walk up and down her chest, as she scratched it behind the neck. I remember being jealous of that little bird. I was only 10 or 11 at the time, and it seemed like that bird always had my mother's attention. It only went to her, and it stayed with her all day. Cockatiels are smart and they have a personality on them. You can easily get attached to a Cockatiel.
Cockatiels make messes in and out of their cage. The cage has to be taken care of regularly. You also need to keep windows and doors shut, if their wings aren't clipped. We had our Cockatiel escape out the window once, and had to retrieve him from the roof. That was not a fun experience. They are great birds with a lot of personality, and they make life a little more interesting.
Picture Attributed to:
By Jim Bendon (Flickr: cockateil) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons