Acquired: Bred bird myself
Idaho Springs, Colorado, United States
Posted Oct 16, 2014
The Cockatiel is a beautiful bird with more than just colors to grant the standard of beauty; Graceful and light is the personality of this bird. This is an animal best kept for a person that doesn't have much company and doesn't make much noise. Although cockatiels may be friendly with the owner/handler, they often take a bit of time to warm up to other people. I have often heard that even some owners had a hard time with their cockatiel and they never quite warmed up to the bird but my experience, though little, says otherwise. During the time I spent alone with my cockatiel I found it very easy to train her although there wasn't much capacity for all that she would remember (but she did have a few tricks she never forgot). In my experience, cockatiels are, for the most part, mellow. When there is loud, sharp noise or something catches the attention of your cockatiel, they may start climbing around their perch or cage and even do a dance at times but this lasts no more than a few minutes when it happens. If your bird starts to 'sing', you may want to go watch TV or listen to the radio in order to avoid the pitch of your cockatoo; however they are capable of mimicking a few words so the 'singing' can be pleasant at times but almost never fluent. Food is easy to find and a cage is easy to obtain so the proper living arrangements for this bird is simple. Maintaining and cleaning after a cockatoo is actually fairly easy as long as you have a consistent schedule of doing so.