Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Oct 16, 2014
Coackatiels are very expressive and loving birds. I owned a pair for about 6 years and unfortunately, lost them suddenly due to what we suspect was heat stroke. They had fresh water and were out in the shade, but sadly, couldn't withstand the heat that day, and we got to them too late. This was despite of them having lived through other hot summers :( So, before buying one of these little guys, maybe having an AC available might be helpful if you live in a hot climate. Also, misting them with a spray bottle and placing ice cubes in their water regularly is helpful as well.
Basically, they are friendly and great first-time birds for people of all ages. Mine learned a variety of noises, but for some reason, they never caught on to talking or even saying words, which I've read they can do. They enjoy socializing as well, and if handled at least for a few minutes daily, they will remain tame, making it easy to clip their wings, take to vet. appointments, etc. Lastly, they eat the smaller type grains/seeds, which can be easily be found in a pet store. Fruits, veggies, greens, and even certain types of weeds can also be fed for a more balanced diet. Mine particularly enjoyed amaranthus, which was inexpensive to buy in dry form at the pet store. They also loved getting new cuttlebones, toys, and other things that kept them entertained.