halo, i personally have two cockatiels, as well as 9 other birds...no large birds right now, i grew up with large birds, my dad has always kept large birds...i adore them they are amazing, and i truly respect their nature. i wanted to say you are incorrect in saying that cockatiels are a true cockatoo...they are in the same family, but white cockatoos are also known as true cockatoos. then there is also the black cockatoo. anyways, they may be a true cockatoo to you, in the sense that they are more domesticated or whatever, but scientifically they are not. i love cockatiels...i am majoring in pre-vet, and am going to eventually get my dvm, specializing in small exotic and avian pets. i got both of my cockatiels from a bird rescue, my gray cockatiel, Babydoll being young still, only 4 months, but he still isn't completely friendly, but very talkative. also, a bird that can learn to talk will talk however well you teach them. that means if you spend a lot of time with your cockatiel, they can also talk as well as a large bird. my other cockatiel, Dominga, is mostly yellow, i am not sure on the breed, possibly a pied. i got her for free from a bird rescue, she was underweight, in a cage with 20 other tiels, and she was taken from a woman who had bred a brother and sister tiel together, which caused major birth defects for Dominga. she has only part of a beak, she is missing the end of her beak. she is smart and very adorable, and a little older than babydoll, but i love her the same, she just gets to be herself, and enjoy her life. she is still able to eat and preen and do everything a normal cockatiel does, thank god, but sometimes has trouble..and boy does she have a grip with her blunt beak!!
i have pictures of both of them, go to this site...http://www.geocities.com/blueangel_017/dominga.html [img]http://http://www.geocities.com/blueangel_017/dominga.html[/img]