Cockatiels as Pets
Adult Size: 11 – 13 in,
Adult Weight: 80 – 110 g
Coloration Adult Male: Grey body with white wing patch. Males
have a yellow face mask with bright
orange cheek patches, the erectile crest
is yellow and grey.
Coloration Adult Female: The hen has horizontal yellow barring on the underside of the tail,(absent in males),and yellow spots on the underside
of primary flight feathers. The smaller crest is light grey, cheek patch is dull orange.
Coloration Juvenile: Immature
birds appear visually as adult females and have a horn color beak.
Life span: 15 – 30 years Diet and exercise are major contributing
factors to longevity
2-6 eggs A healthy hen will lay one egg every other day.
Time: 18 - 21 days
Personality: Hand raised cockatiels are
gentle, affectionate and extremely social birds; ideal family pets and great
pets for kids. When integrating a
baby bird into a new environment Keep in mind that parrots, as well
as most other birds, are prey animals; quick sudden movements, loud noises,
etc. will instinctively be perceived as threatening and should therefore be
avoided. Make sure children understand that a successful,
loving relationship is built on trust.
Hand raised cockatiels are wonderful companions, excellent choice for
novice bird owners.
Vocalization: Quiet - Moderate Good imitators, cockatiels
will learn a few words and phrases and seem to learn quickly from women and
children, probably due to their higher-pitched voices. Males are
outstanding whistlers; some will learn and repeat entire tunes. Females chirp,
usually soliciting the attention of their owner.
Parrots & Company Premium Cockatiel Blend, sugar free pellets of choice. Lots of spray millet, weaning mix (until
their first molt) and cuttlebone.
Cockatiels love bird bread/muffins, toast and crackers. Recommended fresh produce includes: broccoli
(raw), carrots (raw or cooked), corn (raw or freeze dried), kale (raw), peas
(raw or freeze dried), romaine, spinach (raw).
Cockatiels are ground feeders, as a rule does not harvest fruit or nuts
from the treetops; as a result these birds are not big fruit or nut eaters.
Occasionally they may enjoy bits of apple, papaya, mango, shelled peanuts or
NO pizza, chips, fries or other junk food.Always
have clean, fresh water available
Minimum size cage 18”W x 18”D x 20”H. A small wood playpen is ideal for exercise
and playtime out of the cage. This is a real asset if you have kids taking the
bird from room to room. Cockatiels
quickly learn to stay on their playpen and actually enjoy having a recognized area
especially when in less than totally familiar surroundings.
Enrichment: Bath spray, suitable natural
wood perches, comfy perch, grooming perch, bungee or swing, small bird toys, foraging
toys, small stoneware dish (for weaning mix & treats) and fresh spray
select safe, appropriate size toys for your bird. Rotate regularly and replace as needed.
* Parrots & Company is breeding the
following cockatiel mutations (color varieties).
grey, lutino, cinnamon, cinnamon pied, fallow, pearl, pearl pied, pied, white-faced
and albino white-face
you know? Cockatiels are the smallest member of the cockatoo family.
Common biological characteristics shared with other cockatoos include:
the erectile crest, a gallbladder, feathers on the face that cover the sides of
the bird’s beak and the presence of powder down
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