Where does the Cockatiel come from?
The Cockatiel is native to inland Australia. It inhabits the wetlands and bush. As Australia does not allow the export of native wildlife, Cockatiels are bred in captivity.
What does the Cockatiel look like?
The Cockatiel is kin to the Cockatoo, but smaller. The Cockatiel’s yellow crest is erect when the bird is excited, lying slightly tilted when it’s relaxed. Facial feathers extend to the sides of the beak. They have orange cheek rouge. Tail feather are very long. In the wild, all Cockatiels are grey, but pet birds have been bred in different color patterns. Life span is generally 15-20 years.
What is the personality of the Cockatiel?
The Cockatiel is basically a calm bird. It likes company and will call out if it hears someone nearby. With a lot of patience, some can be taught to talk and mimic sounds. As with all pet birds, the Cockatiel bonds closely with its owner. Care should be taken with other birds as they can harm the Cockatiel. They love to be out of their cages, but it’s important to provide a bird-safe area for them. Sometimes, when night falls, they return to the cage to sleep.
How do I care for and feed the Cockatiel?
Cockatiels enjoy small parrot mixtures, but should also have variety in their diets. Fruits and vegetables, including greens, apples, corn and sweet potatoes are some treats for them. Sprouts are an excellent source of nutrients for your Cockatiel. Be sure to get sprouting seeds from a reliable source to prevent illness in your bird. Millet sprays and treats can be hung in the cage. Toys should be available for this playful bird. A cuttlebone and/or mineral block should be provided. Fresh water should always be available.