Acquired: Bred bird myself
Posted Jan 03, 2015
Personally, I don't like this type of bird.They are way too noisy and temperamental. At least all the ones I've owned throughout the years have been. My parents got a breeding pair that was already pretty old. About 20 years, I think. They lived a lot longer after we got them and had many babies.
Every time we tried to socialize them, it never worked out well. The most we were able to do was pet them when we put our hand in the cage. The females seemed to be a lot sweeter and easier to handle, however. The pair just never really had any girls.
I took a liking to one in particular, we called him "Whirly Bird" because he mimicked the sound of a spinning turtle we had in a book.
Cockateil love to pick up the most annoying sounds and sing it over and over again! They are beautiful birds coming in several different coloration of grey and white; males having bright red cheeks and females being less flashy.
So if you enjoy a noisy, easy to care for, long-life bird, then definitely choose this species! This one just isn't for me.