Acquired: Pet store
Posted Dec 28, 2014
Since having my Cockatiel Gerdie I realized that cages can be completely fine for a bird, and they actually seem to enjoy it. They are great song birds but are loud, therefore one has to cover the cage at night time so that you won't be woken up in the middle of the night. He liked to swing around the cage and get tickled gently. The most entertaining part was watching him do bird baths which consists of giving him a bowl of water. He would get incredibly excited and chirp.
It has been a fantastic companion that didn't need very much care - unfortunately he died suddenly and my vet was not sure of the reason. Don't get too attached!
I think the best reason for purchasing a bird like this would be if you have little space where you are living. Remember that you need to give this bird attention though, and cannot leave them alone for more than a day - or else they might go crazy. They are often also purchased as couples, so consider getting two and a bigger cage.
If you want to get an animal that won't be very expensive and a little different than the Jones' consider a bird.