The differences are about as many as you'll find between two different types of parrot.
Linnies are smaller, quieter, and although cockatiels are generally friendly, even less likely to bite. They're better talkers, as far as clarity goes. Cockatiels are champion tune-whistlers and a bigger bird if you want that.
You'll really have to read up and find some youtube videos to get an idea of how they compare.
Actually I'd consider a linnie to be more "parrot-like" of the two, given their mannerisms, vocalizations, and use of their feet. Actually, I'm not sure why linnies are even considered parakeets like cockatiels and budgies.
Just seems to be a misnomer as people can't seem to get the parakeet definition set in stone. (if it was really all about the long tails, Macaws would be parakeets and that just sounds funny).
I understand your indecision. I had 2 budgies and decided I wanted another small bird other than a budgie and just like you it was between a linnie and a cockatiel. I ended up with a linnie but I had such a hard time locating one to buy that I was on the verge of getting a cockatiel. But thanks to divine intervention, a linnie sort of fell into my lap, and I have never been sorry.
I think they are both great pets. One thing I needed to consider is that cockatiels are a lot more dustier than a linnie and I have family with allergies. So a linnie was actually the best choice for me.
Good luck with your decision. I think you would be happy with either.
I love them both. Cockatiels are a favorite of mine, but they do have that powdery dust to put up with, that means a lot of air cleaners. Do research and figure it out, I'm sure you will make the right choice for you and your family.
Linnies and cockatiels certainly are both wonderful pets, but there are some differences. Cockatiels are better whistlers, but can be much louder when they want to (in contrast, linnies are very quiet except when it comes to anxious contact calling). Cockatiels also have the powdery dust that others have mentioned.
Both of them are very docile, but I would say that a cockatiel is much more likely to bite than a linnie; linnies are naturally much sweeter, and are so unique (and almost unbelievable) in their extremely loving nature.
i love tiels more than linnies, mine was obsessed with feet, sang the tequila song, was a seagull, said pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty ........................boy., and fell in love with our dog, and thought he himself was a dog.
I have 9 (might be 10) and out of the 10, 8 of them DON'T bite. The other two are aviary 'tiels who are being tamed down right now.
I think you should do research on each of them then see which one you would prefer. If you get a 'tiel, I'd suggest getting a female, you could always get a friend later if you wanted to, perhaps a male. I love both the males and females, the females are more laid back though.
It is not common for 'tiels to bite. They are naturally very sweet birds. Even my not tamed bird, will not bite me. Not even if he's afraid or if I'm coming too close.
Lovebirds are biters, Tiels really aren't!
I would get a tiel! but I don't really know how linnies are.. I don't have personal experience with them.
Tiels tend to cost less to buy and are easier to find.
They do tend to be dusty which a lot of people find triggers allergies. They are very much like their bigger cousins the cockatoo in that they love to cuddle and they do need some of that everyday to thrive.
I don't know much about Linnies I have only seen one up close but from what I have read they make good pets.