Many years ago my folks used to have budgies, I have always had pets.
From big fish tanks, cats and dogs, hamsters.
Recently our cat passed away (well was put to sleep)
As its been a while now we wanted something to brighten things up a bit, I always liked tiels as child a friend had a lovely hand reared one that was soft as muck.
And so we set about finding a cockatiel! hes made such a difference to things, really pleased with him.
He doesnt make many sounds yet (4 months old) but chirps a lot when he comes out "look at me" he seems to say all pleased with himself.