Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 16, 2014
The day we got Macgyver (nicknamed Mac) I was one happy kid. The cockatiel was young, but already knew how to whistle call and did so every single time anyone walked through the front door of the house. Throughout our years of ownership, he learned to bob his head up and down and whistle various tunes (the Andy Griffith theme was my favorite!) and could say, "Hi", "Pretty bird" and "I love you." He made my family and I very happy and was quite the entertainer. He DID have a temper though and even though was overwhelmingly friendly, he did have his moments of anger and would bite (and sometimes even draw blood!) We clipped his wings and would let his bird cage sit opened and he never tried to "break free" of his cage. He'd crawl to the top of it though and just hang out. He'd sit on our shoulders and we even trained him to "clean" our eyelashes by licking them(weird, I know. We did it to show off to our friends how gentle he really was). The cons of owning him are not strong enough for me to discourage someone from acquiring a cockatiel. He pooped a lot, as do most animals, and cleaning his cage was both laborious and tedious. And because he was a little on the spoiled side and liked attention he would screech a really obnoxious song when he wasn't getting it, which made it difficult to interact or watch television when he was doing so. Though annoying, it was quite funny at times.