Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Aug 28, 2014
The Cockatiel is a wonderfully easy to care for parrot – affectionate, vocal, low-energy, and peaceful and second only to the Budgie as a terrific first bird.
The Cockatiel is the smallest member of the Cockatoo family of parrots – they have a beautifully exaggerated crest on the top of their head that they use like a human uses an eyebrow – exuding personality by raising and lowering it to reflect their mood. Cockatiels come in a large variety of vivid colors. They are very social birds and will develop bonds with their favorite humans – even getting a little possessive. They are very easy to handle and train. The Cockatiel is vocal but not too loud and they’re not overly active so they won’t be flitting all over the cage flinging feathers and down balls around – making them ideal apartment birds.
The Cockatiel is very tolerant of environmental conditions including temperature (they’re desert adapted birds so can handle temperature swings) and cage cleanliness but still require basic maintenance – just because a bird is labeled low maintenance doesn’t mean you can get away with no maintenance. The Cockatiel is a bit more expensive in initial costs since they are larger birds and require larger cages – but not by much.
I have had 6 or 8 Cockatiels over the years and never had a problem with any one of them in terms of excessive noise, aggressiveness, mess, premature death, etc… I highly recommend the Cockatiel to anyone considering a first bird choice or anyone looking for a beautiful, colorful, and social avian companion!