We purchased our cockatiel Charlie 23 years ago. At the time we got 3 cockatiels, a male that I fell in love with and Charlie and a female who quickly became a bonded pair for my Mother. Mom wanted Charlie because she felt sorry for him, he had been injured in transport from a hatchery in FL. to our ben franklin store in IA. His feathers on his neck never grew back. My Benjamin and Charlie's mate Ashely both passed away a couple of years ago but Charlie is still going strong. I took Ashley to a vet who advertised she specialized in birds and exotic pets as our regular vet didn't treat birds, when she became ill and we were afraid she was egg bound a couple of years age. The vet asked how old she was and I said 18 years and she didn't believe me. She said that cockatiels on average lived 6-9 years tops and although I have a clear memory of purchasing our pets she still insisted someone had lied to me about their age (not a good listener either.) She offered to euthanize Ashley which I declined and took her home thinking if she was going to die it would be better for her and Charlie to have a chance to say goodbye, she recovered and lived for another year and a half. We are very happy that Charlie is still with us but I was just wondering....any1 who has had a pet cockatiel...how long did yours live? how long do they usually live?