- Life expectancy up to thirty years.
- Smaller member of the parrot family that makes an excellent pet.
- Averaging length is about 12 inches.
- Varieties: Cinnamon, Lutino, Pearl, Pied, Grey, and White-faced. The most
common is the Grey Cockatiel.
- Enjoy being picked up and petted or stroked.
- Inquisitive and friendly to both humans and other birds. A gentle, docile
- Males can become talkers and whistlers. Some females have been known to talk,
but in general are more quiet.
- Social birds that prefer to be kept in a colony (family) setting.
- If breeding is not desired females can be kept together without difficulty.
- A staple diet of fresh pellet formula or a fortified cockatiel seed diet.
- Chopped dark green and yellow vegetables
- Variety of fresh fruits
- Protein source like mature legumes, hard cooked chopped egg, and grated
- Raisins and bananas should be given in moderation.
- Remove fresh fruits and vegetables within 2 hours of offering to prevent
- Fresh water each day.
- Powdered vitamins can be lightly sprinkled on the fresh food.
- The cage should measure a minimum of 18" length by 18" high and
- Perches should be chosen to suit the feet of the bird.
- A variety of toys will assist in entertaining your bird.
- Always have a cuttlebone or mineral block available to supply calcium and
prevent beak overgrowth.
- To aid the bird in keeping itself clean, we recommend lightly misting it with
warm tepid water on a weekly basis (in a draft free place).
- Place the cage below eye-level in a bright area free from drafts and direct
If properly cared for, a cockatiel can live up to thirty years.
This is a smaller member of the parrot family. With its' striking colors and
patterns as well as its' ease in taming, the cockatiel makes an excellent pet. They
are relatively small in size, averaging about 12 inches in length. Varieties of the
domestic cockatiel are: Cinnamon, Lutino, Pearl, Pied, Grey, and White-faced. The
most common is the Grey Cockatiel.
Cockatiels enjoy being picked up and petted or stroked. They are inquisitive and
friendly to both humans and other birds. The cockatiel is a gentle, docile little
bird. Males can become adept talkers and whistlers, but are more independent. Some
females have been known to talk, but in general are more loving and quiet. Twilight
is the best time for voice lessons. Start with two or three words and repeat them
over and over. Short words and phrases are easiest to learn.
Cockatiels are social birds and prefer to be kept in a colony (family) setting.
If breeding is not desired, females can be kept together without difficulty.
Cockatiels should eat a staple diet of fresh fortified cockatiel seed or pellet
daily. Cockatiels only eat off the top of what is offered, so be sure to check the
food daily. Besides a variety of seed mix or pellet, offer chopped dark green and
yellow vegetables and a variety of fresh fruits in addition to a protein source like
mature legumes, hard cooked chopped egg, and grated cheese. Remove fresh fruits and
vegetables within 2 hours of offering to prevent spoilage. If the bird gets too much
liquid from the fresh fruits and vegetables, the droppings could become runny. Stop
the fresh food for a day to see if this is the reason. Millet Spray also makes an
excellent supplement for birds. Birds require fresh water each day. Wash and rinse
their water cup out thoroughly prior to adding fresh water to reduce bacteria
growth. Powdered vitamins can be lightly sprinkled on the fresh food, but putting it
in the water can encourage bacterial growth.
When choosing a cage for your cockatiel, remember length is more beneficial to
the bird than height. Ideally the cage should measure a minimum of 18" long by
18" high and 22" wide. Perches are an essential part of the cage and
should be chosen to suit the feet of the cockatiel. Approximately 3" of perch
space per bird is best. A variety of perch sizes, shapes, and diameters will help
exercise the bird's feet and toes. Place perches strategically to prevent droppings
from contaminating water and food dishes and to prevent the tail from hanging in
dishes or on the floor. Toys, such as bells and brass rings, in the cockatiel's cage
will keep your bird entertained. Always have a cuttlebone to supply your cockatiel
with calcium and prevent beak overgrowth. To aid the bird in keeping itself clean,
we recommend placing a suitable size birdbath in the cage on a weekly basis. Place
your bird's cage at eye-level in a bright area free from drafts and direct sunlight.