Indiana, United States
Posted Mar 12, 2009
When I am asked "what would make a good bird for a 1st time bird owner" I always say the Cockatiel
They are loving, but not a needy bird like some species, They can entertain their self when needed The males are the ones who are known to talk/mimic, and are louder then most females. I own and breed them, I've had as young as hours old to as old as 21 years old and everything in between I have a few who came from abusive homes, and even know they won't let me touch them, the males whistle to me daily (this is their way of talking to me), and get irritated at me if I don't respond quick enough the girls will chirp to me, when I talk to them, I just can't touch them. Which is okay with me I will eventually win them over :) I have hand fed cockatiels that are in their Juvenile age (3-10 months) when I walk in the room they're flying to me giving me kisses, preening my hair, and just chattering away to me or whistling at me
Some are known to be a little bit nippy, but that's mainly either when A) They're in a new environment or B) they're molting They are fairly easy to care for, like any bird they need the correct size cage, and out of cage time and toys to play with. But they love human companionship just as much as the toys.