Cockatiels are not starter birds. They are a parrot, of the cockatoo family. Be prepared to be challenged and loved by a cockatiel with the same noise, devotion, mess, and stubborn opinions as any other large parrot. In their head, they are massive. Dinosaur big! Just play along, it makes it all so much funnier. Our Cockatiel Favorites Collection is tried and true having made the grade for our cockatiel Horde. Find your bird's favorite combinations of food, foraging, and play.