Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Oregon, United States
Posted Apr 10, 2015
Cockatiels are very easy to keep and very dedicated to their family. When I work with other Cockatiels they will chat but for the most part want nothing else to do with me. My own bird, Dazy, was the same way shy with strangers.
With that said they are not outwardly aggressive, although I'm sure if left to their own devices or antagonized they could become aggressive.
Dazy was relatively quite for a bird. I was constantly impressed with the fact that I never covered her cage at night and she never woke me up.
Like any bird because of their species social nature it is prudent that you spend quality time engaging with them. They can do all sorts of stuff with you if you let them, just be cautious if you do any cleaning or cooking. I have worked with Cockatiel owners who have accidentally killed there birds.
Dazy was happiest doing whatever I was doing, she would sit on my desk and shred paper or chew on anything she could find. She would cook with me and eat whatever I was eating straight out of my bowl. I used to take showers with her. One of her favorite things to do, and maybe her worst trait, was talking over me when I was on the phone.
Cockatiels make great all around easy keeping birds, especially for a first time bird owner like myself. This is absolutely a wonderful companion!