Drafty areas in your house can be very bad for your cockatiel, it can even kill yout bird by making your it very sick. Don't place the cage where there might be a direct or indirect draft like air conditioning vents. If you want to find out if there is a draft you are not aware of, place a candle in the area you are thinking of placing the cage. It if flickers, there's a draft there, so find another area for your cage.

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The position of a cockatiel’s crest feathers can tell you its mood. Straight-up crest feathers can mean the bird is startled or highly curious. A defensive cockatiel will hold its crest feathers flattened close its head, and it might be especially stressed if it also hisses. A relaxed cockatiel will have slightly held back crest feathers, as well as fluffed cheek feathers and you might also hear it contently grinding its beak.

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Cockatiels are originally found in Australia and are seen as the smallest of the cockatoo (parrot) family. You would find lots of similarities between a cockatiel and a parrot just for the fact that the cockatiel is one of species of parrot. The name sounds more like a Dutch word "Kakatielje" which basically mean a little cockatoo.

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The cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as the quarrion and the weiro, is a bird that is a member of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar.[2]

Hand fed cockatiels are more likely to talk than the parent fed ones.

In size they are smaller than most parrots, don't bite as much and are quieter and cleaner as well. The point you should consider before taking one as a pet is that they are always hand fed. This makes them easy to tame. Think twice before making a selection between a male and a female as they are friendly yet not so expensive birds. Female cockatiels are general more nervous than males.

Please take a look around the site to get all the info on cockatiel care! If you would like to find our more about cockatiels, then have a peek at our cockatiel facts, or found out about why cockatiels make good pets.

A healthy cockatiel diet includes commercially balanced diets, such as Lafeber Premium Daily Diet Pellets, as well as other food, fresh vegetables and some seed. A well-cared-for cockatiel can live for more than 20 years.

The melanin content decreases in the face of the males as they mature, allowing the yellow and orange lipochromes to be more visible, while an increase in melanin content in the tail causes the disappearance of the horizontal yellow tail bars.

You will find these birds very cheerful and affectionate to the extent that they will groom your hair. Affection is something they want and they would love to get stocked and cuddled and can be trained to talk and whistle. Male are generally seen as better than females for this, but then overall cockatiels are not very clear in their speech when compared to parrots.

Cockatiels are more inclined to whistle than talk. Male cockatiels are more likely to talk than females, and some can learn to speak a few words or phrases. Cockatiels tend to chirp rather than screech, and their relatively lower noise volume makes them a good apartment pet. Your cockatiel might chirp a contact call if you leave the room in an attempt to keep in contact with you.

In the wild, you'll see immense flocks of cockatiels circling the sky in search of large bodies of water where they can rest, breed, and escape from the Australian heat.

Pregnant women, children under the age of 5, senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing or caring for birds and should consider not having a bird as a pet.

Cockatiels are small, crested members of the parrot family. They are known for their mellow nature. Gray is the most common color, but they are also available in pearl, white-faced, whitefaced pearl, lutino, pied and more color variations.

The cockatiel is the only member of the genus Nymphicus. It was previously considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo; however, more recent molecular studies have assigned it to its own subfamily, Nymphicinae. It is, therefore, now classified as the smallest of the Cacatuidae (cockatoo family). Cockatiels are native to Australia, and favour the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bush lands.

Sequence analysis of intron 7 of the nuclear ?-fibrinogen gene, on the other hand, indicates that it may yet be distinct enough as to warrant recognition of the Nymphicinae rather than inclusion of the genus in the Calyptorhynchinae.[5]

Female Lutino cockatiel contrasted by flowers in the background.

If having a talking bird is your prime goal you might consider a larger parrot before getting a cockatiel. It's easier for a cockatiel to whistle than to talk.

Male cockatiels are better are talking and whistling than female cockatiels. In the wild the male cockatiel use sounds to attract females.

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By their very nature itself these cockatiel birds are very sociable and moderately active and they like to be touched, played and talked to. Most of the time, you will find these birds doing a trick to catch your attention and by singing as well. They live for as long as 15 to 20 years and are found in yellow, white and grey colour.

Cockatiels are very sociable birds and will get depressed if they are left alone for long periods of time. They may hit their heads against cages, pull their feathers, refuse to eat, or become angry. It's best to get a pair of cockatiels if you know you'll be out of your house for long periods of time.

Cockatiels can be considered as the most widely kept parrot other than parakeet or budgie.

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If you have a pet cockatiel, Cockatiel.com is the perfect site for you! We are the preferred site for those who love their cockatiels and want the very best advice regarding training, nutrition and healthcare. You will also find interesting articles regarding cockatiel care and fun cockatiel videos.

The cockatiel life span can reach up to 25 years, though the standard is 15 years. This life span is based on proper care, nutrition and environment where your cockatiel lives.

Cockatiel seeds, how do you know if they are good and nutritious? Sprout them! If less than 70% of the seeds sprout, they have died and also its nutritional value. Place some cockatiel seeds on a container covered with a paper towel. Soak the seeds with water. Make sure you keep the seed moist for the next few days by just spraying them, they should sprout in about 4 to 5 days. You can wash them and can give them to your tiel, they are very good and nutritious.

In addition to these visible characteristics, the vocalization of adult males is typically louder and more complex than that of females.

The colour in cockatiels is derived from two pigments: melanin (which provides the grey colour in the feathers, eyes, beak, and feet), and lipochromes (which provide the yellow colour on the face and tail and the orange colour of the cheek patch). The grey colour of the melanin overrides the yellow and orange of the lipochromes when both are present.

Cockatiels are one of the smallest birds in the parrot family, and make lovable and intelligent pets. Cockatiels are social pets who will mimic your voice and happily ride around on your finger or shoulder. This article will show you how to care for your happy, healthy pet Cockatiel!

A wild type (natural grey coloured) cockatiel showing excitement or interest by its erected crest

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The "normal grey" or "wild-type" cockatiel's plumage is primarily grey with prominent white flashes on the outer edges of each wing. The face of the male is yellow or white, while the face of the female is primarily grey or light grey, and both sexes feature a round orange area on both ears, often referred to as "cheddar cheeks". This orange colouration is generally vibrant in adult males, and often quite muted in females. Visual sexing is often possible with this variant of the bird.

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A pet lutino cockatiel on the hand of its companion