Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 06, 2015
My completely yellow male cockatiel is immortal. I swear.
A cockatiel's life span is usually ~15-17 years or so, but my little Papa is going on 23! He has outlived his mate of exactly the same birthdate by about 12 full years! His mate, Birdzilla, was a female grey cockatiel, and she passed away at around ...10 years old, I believe?
He's a grumpy old man, and is very crotchety in his elder years. He used to eat a large variety of fruits and seeds, but now will *literally* only eat sunflower seeds (birdie junk food). He is quite grumpy and tends to state that proudly every few minutes or if you pass by his cage with a loud chirp or a, slightly slurred, loud "Hey, Jolie!" sound (my mother's middle name :p). He loves to talk to himself in the mirror, saying "I'm the papagayo," or "You're not papagayo," or something of that variety. He thinks very highly of himself...
Other than the old age grumpies, cockatiels are beautiful shoulder birds or corner-of-room-come-out-every-once-in-a-while-to-play birds. They love to talk and have their heads scratched just behind their crest. They do require a good amount of attention when they are younger, like parakeets, but once they get older, you can kind of leave them to their own devices. They are really smart birds, and you can train them to do a lot of tricks and fun things. You would need to make sure you have a large cage with lots of toys for them to climb around in and play with.