Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posted Nov 28, 2014
I have had 3 experiences with the Cockatiel bird breed, and although they were not negative experiences, they weren't particularly meaningful experiences in comparison to the connections I formed with other parrots I cared for.
My Cockatiels seemed pretty content in socializing with themselves, and did not like to be handled or even taken out of their cage very often.
They seemed to be less inclined to play and explore when we were around than when they were by themselves as well.
However, they were very easy to care for, and required minimal cleaning, feeding, toy, and habitat needs.
They were also very beautiful, not too noisy, and very healthy overall.
However, despite these positive aspects, they just didn't give off the personality, emotion, and "warmth" of the other birds I owned, which made it harder to get attached to these birds and form meaningful pet-owner bonds with them.
However, they are certainly simple and low-maintenance pets to own, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a bird breed who requires much less time, effort, and fewer resources than other bird species.