Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 28, 2014
We've owned Bruce for 2 years, since he was just a few months old. We watched loads of Youtube clips when we first got him to get some training ideas. Some of them were really helpful and we quickly got him used to us, socialised and willing to fly out of his cage and onto our hands/shoulders/heads. We taught him to "step up", which is a standard command used by bird trainers. It allowed us to move him easily from place to place.
There were quite a few clips on youtube of people teaching their cockatiels to whistle recognisable songs or sound effects. We thought this would be a fun idea, so we found a video of a cockatiel whistling the theme tune to the Kill Bill movie. After a few times on repeat, Bruce started to copy it and after a while, he started singing it whenever he was bored and wanted attention. In some circumstances, this was a bit of fun and visitors thought it was ver clever, but after a while, listening to an out of tune rendition of Kill Bill at 5am starts to give you a headache. So, my advice would be to be careful what you teach your bird, as you may regret it!