Illinois, United States
Posted Mar 26, 2009
Volunteering at the shelter, I've handled probably over fifty different cockatiels from all walks of life. The one thing I can say about all of them is that I've never met one that I couldn't get along with eventually.
Cockatiels are unfortunate in my mind because they are one of the biggest victims of the dreaded "impulse buy." Most people see the cute cockatiel in the store, see that it's not very expensive, and buy one before doing any research about their care requirements. A lot of these cockatiels have ended up at the shelter. So let me say this to any prospective owners: CHEAP =/= EASY I'd never classify ANY bird as an easy pet.
Cockatiels, when properly cared for by a knowledgeable owner, are very sweet and tend to be very cuddly. Females tend to be a little more cuddly than the males while the males tend to have an easier time learning to sing songs and say simple words. Even cockatiels who were never hand fed can be tamed with patience and a little know-how.
What I have to say about cockatiels is that they make a good pet for people who have time for them and are willing to do the research- just like any other bird. ^_^ I'm out of clever ways to say that people need to do their research on birds before bringing one home for this entry.