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Hello dellaluna, welcome to the forum.
Cockatiels make great pet birds, so do budgies. I was surprised at your comment thinking budgies aren't cuddly they can be amazing playful hands on birds to own.
Depending where you purchase your bird is the key, if you purchase your bird (tiel or budgie) at a typical pet store good chances are you are going to get a bird that is not hand tame. This means you have to do the work to make the bird hand tame.... not so easy!
Most pet store birds will not have had the daily human contact it needs to be an easy going happy bird easily willing to step up and become your forever friend once you bring it home.
I suggest you do some serious shopping around for breeders, you will pay a little more for a bird at a breeders but you will also be paying for a hand tame bird that will come home and be ready to play and hang out with you.
Don't rule out pet budgies, they can talk and play and love to be hands on with an owner who puts in the time, but like I said a breeder that hand tames their chicks before they sell them is what you need to assure you will be happy with your new fid.