Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 05, 2015
Cockatiels can be very attached to their owners, but it takes a bit of work. They're stubborn and temperamental, and they like to get their own way.
If you want a cockatiel to bond with you, you need to put the time in to handle it and give it attention every day. Even then, they have different personalities and will respond to your attention differently. My yellow girl hates being touched without warning, but begs for pats and cuddles on her own terms. My grey girl doesn't like being petted at all, but will sit on my shoulder and rest her beak on my face.
They are messy, so be prepared to clean the cage daily. But they are cute and affectionate in their own way, and relatively low maintenance, making them an ideal pet for someone who doesn't want a large, energetic animal.