Acquired: Bred bird myself
Posted Apr 03, 2015
Jack was a cockatiel that was born in our aviary when I was younger. He was one of 3 cockatiels at the time. He was handled quite regularly in an attempt to make him stay friendly towards humans, however he was quite independent. After he became full grown, he wasn't a fan of being held or caught. He was friendly towards the other birds and we had no issues there. He enjoyed his bird seed and the greens from the garden, not a fussy eater at all. Quite noisy though!
Pros of owning a Cockatiel: They can be very beautiful birds, and some do stay very friendly towards their owners if they are handled a lot from when they are babies. Some cockatiels can also be taught to say certain words or phrases, and can be very good companions. They are friendly towards other birds, including birds of other species.
Cons of owning a Cockatiel: Some of them love to bite if you hold them. They can do some serious damage if you are not careful. The other con is that they seem to always be extremely noisy and will squark quite a lot, it's not a particularly nice sound and can get quite repetitive. You will need to have a bigger enclosure as they like to fly around a lot.