I picked up my first cockatiel today and I am bonding with her already. The lutino sex-linked mutation makes a gender of female more likely from what I understand, but I gave her a relatively unisex name, Lilo just in case a male gender becomes more apparent upon maturing.
She is being quarantined in the living room away from our two budgies, but she didn’t want to go in her cage at first. She preferred my finger, and liked her coconut swing outside the cage too.
I'm pleasantly surprised at how tame she is already. Even S.O. who is new to birds is charmed by her as well. She's a real sweetheart.
I still love budgies, but am very happy with my choice so far to try out another species. Hopefully Lilo gets along well with Archie and Sashi.