I have had birds for over 20 years..... I personally like cockatiels over budgies.... however I'm sure someone else would feel the opposite.. A cockatiel will require a little larger cage.. they also tend to be a little less nippy... They can be sweet and cuddly. I love my birds.... Good Luck deciding... ask me anything.. I love talking about birds..
So you think cockatiels are better if i'm looking for a companion during the day? I want a bird because I get lonely during the day and I want a little buddy /:
i have 2 cockatiels (bad example). but if your looking for a small bird go with a budgie, since Cockatiels are around "Medium" size Parrots. i never owned a budgie so i can't do comparing and such. but i chose cockatiels because there supposed to be more friendly like. and mines are being a pain in the butt right now >-<, lol
I personally prefer cockatiels as budgies seem to be a little less intelligent. Our male cockateil was very tame. He'd dance, talk, bark, ring like a telephone and make a machine gun noise if you made a noise like cocking a shotgun.
Our female was not hand-reared and she never really got used to being handled. She didn't mind me hand-feeding her or putting my hand close to her and she loved grooming my hair, she just was never as affectionate as our male.
She also used to screech a lot too and you might need to be mindful about whether or not someone may object to that (their screech is ear-piercingly shrill). Budgies just seem to chitter incessantly but they are not as loud so it isn't as bad.
Just do your research on diet and care before purchasing. I believe we killed our two a lot earlier by feeding them a crappy seed diet. Our female Cutiepie got very sick and had to go to a special bird vet and I think there was a problem with her liver or something similar. Since this was in the days before the internet was so commonplace we had no clue the generic seed diet was so bad. I still feel terrible that I may have drastically reduced their lifespan (I think the male lived 10-11 years and the female maybe 9-10).
My choice is Cockatiels, but I already covered that in your other thread, LittleBetta Fish makes a good point too you will need a vet that deals with birds ,
Get a hand reared one, I dont suggest letting it fly around your backyard either,
Budgies are much much much but soooooooooooooooooooo much quieter than cockatiels.
Cockatiels do have more personality and are smarter than budgies, but they can be really loud. You better live in a big house to have a cockatiel...
Budgies rarely chirp or do any sound at all. They are really good if you live in an apartment, if you live in a small house with no garden, or if you cant handle any real loud sound. They do have tons of personality and are smart, but they cant copy sounds as the cockatiels do, and are not as smart as they are.
Well, its your choice. I do love cockatiels, but they are just so loud, and after some time some people do regret having one. Having a budgie can be really fun, because they are colourful, are really easy to take care for and are really quiet (the most quiet bird I think), but remember, they dont like to be watched all the day. Good luck!
I have had a cockatiel, and because I would take it out of the cage at times during the day, it would not shut up in it's cage. It got so noisy we had to give it away, even though he loved to be on my shoulder and was a sweetie. I would definitely get a cockatiel again, but I've got two cats now ;)
Be prepared for the poop when they're out of their cage! I had to cover my stuff in blankets because poop would get everywhere from it flying around the room, even though its wings were clipped.
Also, get a good bird vet, because when they need their nails done, you want a good one. My bird went in to get the usual clippings done, and left minus one toe. D:
A bigger cage is better, so keep that in mind and save up for it cause they be expensive.