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Buddy

Cockatiel

Overall satisfaction

1.75/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Male

Appearance

3/5

Friendly with owner

3/5

Friendly with family

1/5

Trainability

3/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Song-vocal quality

3/5

Mimics sounds-words

5/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

1/5

One time Cockatiel

By

United States

Posted Jul 28, 2014

I had never owned a bird and thought I wanted one after seeing one a friend owned. The cockatiel was far messier than I imagined. The cage needed cleaning daily and usually twice daily. This was a male cockatiel and he was very vocal. He would mimic most sounds, especially any whistled tune. I taught him "Dixie" and "The Andy Griffith Show" tunes. He could also mimic a phone ringing, a smoke alarm, and a puppy barking next door. He was also very possessive of me and did not like other people.

I ended up giving him to my mom and she had him for several years. He escaped his cage and flew away. Owning a bird made me realize how trapped they must feel in a cage, although I often left his cage door open and let him wander around the house. I do not plan to own another. I think birds should be free to fly in their natural habitat.

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