Posted Feb 06, 2015
My bird was given to me by a sweet elderly couple who were family friends of ours. They had to move away for health reasons, so it's a bit of a sad story that they had to part with their 'Prettybird' after 8+ years. He was friendly and sweet, but clearly very attached to his previous owners and was used to getting the type of attention a retired couple would give a bird. Cockatiels are very talented and he often mimicked our whistles, and tried to say his name almost clearly. He spent most of his time in the cage as I don't believe he was taught to stretch his wings out properly. He did enjoy walking around at the bottom of the cage to roll around the gravel bits, and pick at fallen seeds.
I would strongly recommend having two of these sweet birds, as they have a lot of love and friendship to give. He would get irritated at some of the smallest things like light, other unusual sounds, and the movement of some of our other pets. Still, he always fluffed his feathers, played with his beaded "bird buddy" and sang along when he was inspired to do so. One of his favourite things was to get sprayed with misted water from a spray bottle that his previous owner passed on to us. I think this would make the ideal pet for an older adult that craves a more intelligent connection with an animal, with minimal clean up and exertion.