The Cockatiel is a perfect pet bird. A hand-raised Cockatiel quickly becomes attached to its owner. The males very easily learn to whistle tunes and can even be taught to talk. Cockatiels are easy to breed in either cages or aviaries. They are an excellent choice for anyone that would like to go into business raising birds. There is always a ready market for tame babies. Originally from Australia, many thousands are reared worldwide as pets. Cockatiels are also exhibited as show birds.
The normal Cockatiel is slate gray, reminiscent of a common pigeon. This is the form that exists in the wilds of Australia. A yellow suffusion covers the entire bird. This yellow is especially prominent in the head and crest of the male bird. Youngsters and hens have horizontal bars going down the tail.
Size: 36 – 46 cm / 14 – 18 inches
Life Expectancy: 12 – 30 years
Origin of the Cockatiel
Cockatiels are mainly found in Australia and are often known as desert birds.
It is necessary to understand Cockatiel’s behavior to keep them happy and content for life. They can be trained to imitate simple words and sentences. They can even whistle softly. These things really make them adorable. Tame cockatiels often love to do things like take showers with you and wolf-whistle.
Cockatiel As A Pet
Cockatiels as pets are active and playful and should have a large cage. Cockatiels are perfect for amateur Parrot pet owners. By nature, they are cheerful birds and are seldom temperamental. Pet Cockatiels are small in size with colorfully patterned feathers.
Training a Cockatiel is not at all a challenging job. Though Cockatiel care is expensive, it’s simply worth it. They need clean and spacious cages that would keep them at ease. Shower them with ample love and attention, and they will easily bond with you. It is important to keep their feathers trimmed to prevent them from flying away.
The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism.
Cockatiels are active and playful and should have a large cage. Horizontal cage bars offer the best opportunity for climbing and exercise. There should be space to place at least a couple of perches at different levels with enough space to comfortably move between them. Many Cockatiel cages come with a removable bottom tray for easy cleaning.
Cage size should be:
Cockatiels need approximately: 20″ W x 20″ H x 24″ D
Bar spacing: 1/2″ to 5/8″
A Cockatiel’s general diet includes seeds, pellets, chopped fruits, greens, canned corns, muffins or soft bread, millets, and vegetables. It is essential to always wash their food and water containers regularly.
Give plenty of freshwater to your Parakeet for a happy and healthy bird.
Beware that a Parakeet can become bored with a formulated diet that can trigger off negative behavior.
Make a combination of small parrot mix and supplement with your bird’s regular meals.
Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.
Make sure you never feed your bird avocado, cabbage, parsley, and iceberg lettuce.
Remember, your pet’s diet will improve its health and will keep its content.
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