Hi Debbie, Connie and all,
Not that it's likely at all, but high on my "natural view list" would be to go to Australia and see cockatiels in the wild, especially in flight and by watering holes.
I had a cockatiel, Yoshi, who in a high ceilinged room would also spontaneously fly and do wicked quick turns, over and over again. Maria and I would then applaud him. Yet, after well less than a minute of doing that, he would land and was exhausted as his heart was almost beating out of his chest.
As opposed to ones bred and raised in captivity, what a difference it must be for cockatiels in the wild who daily fly relatively long distances for food/water, but in times of drought will fly hundreds of miles in search of water.
To illustrate how lightning fast that they can accelerate in their "flight no fight mode", one time Yoshi was on top of his cage and got startled and immediately took straight off. He crashed into a mirror that was only about 8 feet away. He fell to the dresser and was visibly dazed but was, thank goodness, ok.
Edited by Les-Mexico/Birds (07/25/12 12:20 PM)
Les Shulman Ex-Mex/AthAg/Birds Ed.