Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Dec 11, 2014
Growing up, my best friend's mom had two cockatiels and one was named Harley, I'm not sure the name of the other one. They were pretty birds but I remember them being quite noisy while we were watching tv or trying to do homework. They also liked to nip and were hard to catch if let out of their cages.
A good thing about these birds, besides being quieter than most, is that they have a crest on top of their heads. This crest told us how the bird felt. If the crest was up it was scared, relaxed along head then it was content, but if it was flat along head and the birds back was arched then beware! This is when they are testy and like to nip.
These birds have longer tails and need larger cages, which takes up more room. They also like to fling their food and seeds around. This type of bird also creates "bird dust" which will coat stuff in a thin white layer and might be difficult for people with allergies or asthma. This is also a bird who lives a long time (15 years average) and is not for someone wanting a short term pet.