History:

Cockatiels originally came from Australia, where they are known as Quarron. Since their discovery, the small parrots quickly became known as good house pets. Because it is now illegal to take them out of the country, all cockatiels in the Western hemisphere are bred outside of Australia.

Why get a cockatiel?

Cockatiels are social animals. Once they are comfortable with their masters, they form a rapport with them.

They also can be entertaining, as they can be taught to whistle and talk. At the same time, they are not nearly as loud as some of the bigger parrots. They usually have a sweet personality and, as Esther Glickman says, when they do bite they don't bite hard.