Where to Get a Cockatiel

If you haven't bought a cockatiel yet but are still doing research and are still wondering where to get a cockatiel, take a look at this video.
She covers the basics thoroughly with one exception.
Ruth Hanessian mentions that the big-time whistlers and vocalists are always males and that is not true. I had a female cockatiel that was a serious chatterbox as a baby chick.
She would do all of the whistles that I taught her father and he would get depressed when he flew into the room and realized it was her yapping and not me calling him.
For the most part, she was the exception to the rule but did in fact, lay eggs to prove me right.

Adopting a Bird From a Bird Rescue

Many birds are given up by their owners, either due to illness, changes in housing or a financial situation, or they just don't have the time to dedicate to keeping a bird.

Unfortunately, this is a huge problem as people buy from breeders and just can't make the 20 - 100+ year commitment to these beautiful creatures.

Bird Rescues are becoming as commonplace as dog and cat rescues and the need for more space and volunteers continues to escalate.

Shelters and sanctuaries become overcrowded before the next one can be financed, built and staffed.

An advantage to adopting a cockatiel from a shelter is that you know the bird has been evaluated for personality issues (and if you unwittingly buy a stressed bird through a private sale, you could be in for the ride of your life) and they have been assessed to be "adoptable."

Take a look at this video on adopting a bird from a shelter.
The funny thing is that the spokeswoman (Madeline Franco) keeps talking and the bird (Molly) thinks she's talking to her.
Madeline keeps talking and Molly keeps responding.

Here's the YouTube story of a rescued cockatiel named Jamie.
He was a happy lad that has been through the worst of what so-called "humanity" has to offer and has battle scars to show for his innate trusting nature.

Jamie was the kind of good-natured, happy-go-lucky cockatiel that makes you want to go hug your kids, call your sister, pet your cats, feed your dogs and let your birds scream their brains out.

He was just a great emissary for the Rescue Bird mission.

Unfortunately, our fearless little friend passed away on November 2 of 2009.
His owners created this video as a tribute for him.

It's mentioned is that he died listening to her heartbeat.
This is actually a pretty common trait among sick birds.
It's almost as if they are remembering their time as chicks.
Most birds like areas like the heart, the wrist, and the neck - warm places where they can hear the blood flowing and feel our pulses.

If Jamie's story has you thinking that a rescue bird might be right for you, head on over to Cockatiel Rescue for more information.
They have a current list of cockatiels that have been found and are looking for homes.