Virginia, United States
Posted Jul 21, 2014
Cockatiels are like the big, fuzzy dogs of the bird world. They love to cuddle. They are extremely docile birds that stare at you with in silence with an expressive face, indicating their thoughts by the intricate and subtle movement of their crest.
Cockatiels are known to be calm birds that rarely scream and play with toys. They tend to be shredders and like chewing things though.
I strongly recommend purchasing a male cockatiel (always from a breeder and hand fed). Only get females if you wish to breed. The females tend to be moody, affectionate yes, but very clingy and sometimes territorial. The males are more apt to show personality and mimic anything from simple whistles to complex tunes.
Cockatiels are unique birds in their behavior, they seem content to do nothing more than sit and watch you, bobbing their crests up and down and nodding their heads waiting for a response. If you want a bird to rest on your shoulder and snuggle up in the crook of your neck for hours this is the bird!
One unique downfall to Cockatiels though is their infamous feather dust. Anyone with allergies, especially cat or dog dander should avoid 'tiels as their feather dust goes everywhere. It will be all over the floor, cage, and your fingers so get used to vacuuming!
'Tiels can be very rewarding as companions though especially if you're in an apartment and need a quiet pet. If you're looking for a playful and boisterous parrot look elsewhere.
As always feed cockatiels fortified pellets and not seeds! The females need well balanced diets too as they lay eggs often and you don't want an egg bound bird.
Overall cockatiels are the different variety in the bird world. They are quite possibly the easiest birds to keep and a well-raised, hand-fed one will never bite.