Cockatiel: The Ultimate Guide (2020)

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Cockatiel

Cockatiel is another type of bird available in the market nowadays. Cockatiel is the first choice for many people because of their beautiful feathers and the gift to imitate our words.

In the world of birds, Cockatiel is considered as the cheapest and easy to care for. This makes it the most popular pet bird in Australia.

One of the main reasons why people decide to have Cockatiel is that this pet bird is already trained. You just have to follow a few steps to make them good-natured.

In a Cockatiel care guide, you will find facts and guides to help you understand how to take care of Cockatiel.

This bird is small (about 30cm). It’s light brown with patches of orange on its wings and tail. They have yellow eyes and a pointed, orange beak.

The first thing that you will want to do when you purchase a Cockatiel is to make sure that it is in good health. Cockatiel with a poor health is not a joy to have.

Therefore, it is best to choose one from a reliable store or from someone who has a good reputation for raising Cockatiels.

Origin and history

Cockatiels are believed to have their origins around Australia. They are native to dry interior woodlands and grasslands.

In the wild, cockatiels are widely kept in huge flocks, unlike the communication parrots that tend to be more independent. In captivity, they are popularly kept in pairs and are very friendly birds, who bond closely with their owners.

These little birds are the only members of their genus native to Australia. However, they are native to areas surrounding the country and are known as Australian seed parrots.

These birds are very similar in appearance to the parakeet species that are imported from Malaysia.

It was observed that the Malaysian parakeets were mass-bred from cockatiels in Oz in the late 1800’s. In the 1950’s, the cockatiels were then introduced for the pet trade.

These birds are not considered to be endangered. However, there are cases of cockatiel poisoning do occur in Australia due to planting of the Acacia tree species.

This tree produces nuts that are toxic to the Australian birds. People in Australia were aware of this danger, and thus, the planting of the tree species was avoided. This danger was also known in the 1970’s when the cockatiel was imported into the American market.

Native region and natural habitat

Their native region is the Australian continent and nearby islands although they can now be found throughout most of the world.

The cockatiel is a medium-sized parrot and part of the Cacatuidae family of birds which also includes corellas, grass parakeets and rosellas. They are native to Australia, but as a result of many years of domestication and skilled breeding, they have been successfully introduced to other parts of the world.

At the moment they can be found in most parts of the United States, as well as a few scattered islands in the Caribbean. It is estimated that the number of cockatiels in the world ranges from several million to perhaps tens of millions.

The cockatiel is considered to be one of the best pets for people who live in apartments and who don’t have much time to spend with their birds. As long as you have a large cage, love to be with your bird and enjoy putting in some extra time and effort, a cockatiel will be a great choice for you.

This is an active bird, so you should be prepared for spending some time playing with he and them coming to you when you whistle.

Temperament and personality

The temperament and personality of the Cockatiel are two of the main reasons this relatively small parrot is the most popular pet in the world today. Another thing that makes the Cockatiel so popular is the fact that it is one of the easiest parrots to care for. It is for this reason that even people who claim to have no skills at all with birds can take on a Cockatiel and still have a fantastic pet.

Behavior and training

The cockatiel is a fun, loving pet that can make a great addition to any family. When given the proper love, attention and training, this bright bird is capable of learning tricks and commands. They love to be social and enjoy interacting with people.

Since the cockatiel is known to bond very closely with its owner, it’s advised that people who are looking to obtain this species to spend time with and train their birds. These pets are the most rewarding when they have been cared for from a young age.

Exercise

Your Parrot!

Parrot toys are made to stimulate the mind, and keep your pet busy, but they don't burn any calories. That's why it's very important to make sure that your pet stays active.

The best way to do this is to give your pet plenty of enriched environment and plenty of toys to stimulate its mind.

In addition, you should take your parrot outside for an hour every day. This can be done on a nice sunny day in your backyard.

This will give your parrot an opportunity to stretch its wings. Wandering around your backyard will also allow your pet to engage in natural behaviors. During these walks, try to see who your parrot interacts with, and also observe the environment in which it engages.

For instance, do you see any mother birds feed their chicks? This experience can enrich his life.

As you build a relationship with your parrot, you'll notice that they are very intelligent and love to explore. You may even see your parrot mimicking some of your words and gestures.

Just make sure that you talk to your parrot only when he's on your shoulder. It's his favorite place, and he sees it as an opportunity to engage in very unique social interactions.

And, just like a human child, young parrots are curious and will try anything they see, so keep an eye on your parrot when he is out exploring.

Speech and vocalization

Cockatiels are very vocal to their humans, as they are to other cockatiels. They do not just talk or just whistle, but will also sing. As babies they will sing little songs, as well as coo sounds, along with begging for food. When a cockatiel gets older, it's voice will deepen and it will be able to learn more types of words.

They may learn words from their human talking or whistling, but they have their own, individual voice that no other cockatiel will have, making each bird have their own personality and type of speech.

Many cockatiels can whistle tunes that they hear their human whistling or singing. They may start whistling along with their human. They will whistle different things, such as budgerigar songs, as well as other tunes. They will even learn a few popular songs, such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

It's also said that if you want a cockatiel to talk, it will only talk to you and not others, just like parrots.

Cockatiels may also have their own language that no other animal species understand.

Characteristics and colors

Cockatiels are small parrots that are native to Australia.

The males are known to have a brighter plumage than the females. However, some males have different shades of green while some females have some brighter colors than other females.

The Cockatiel’s name is derived from two native Australian words, “Cockatoo” and “Parrot”, which together simply translate to “Small Parrot”.

Some Cockatiels have a grey color gradation in some parts of their feathers. This is because they have grey as a secondary color. Cockatiels with grey color on their feathers are known to be more expensive than the others.

Cockatiels are known to be generally large for a parrot. They have a long tail and long, rounded wings.

They have a large head which makes up a considerable percentage of their total body size. They have a prominent beak and have a head which is almost as big as their body!

They have a gray head with black at the crest, the hindcrown, the ear coverts and upper mantle. The face has a strong forecrown and a bright yellow eye ring.

Cockatiel care

If you’re going to have a cockatoo as a pet, you’ll want to know that there are many breeds of cockatiel, all of which have different personalities.

You should choose one which has similar personality to yours.

They’re best suited for those who have the time to interact well with them.

To better care for your cockatiel, use a few of these pointers to ensure it lives a healthy and long life.

Their Diet

The beginning of a healthy cockatiel begins with a healthy diet. You will want to provide a balanced diet as well as cut back on too much table food.

You will need to make sure they are getting the proper nutrition needed. This includes cuttlebones or Calcium Sand, a vitamin enriched cockatiel diet and fresh fruits and veggies.

Feed them a combination of these nutritious foods and your cockatiel is well on their way to having a healthy life. The diet is particularly important for juveniles and can impact their size significantly. It is also something to keep in mind if your bird develops sickness, as different diseases are related to their diet.

Diet and nutrition

Cockatiels are omnivores and therefore require a combination of vegetables, grains, seeds and fruits. When bringing your Cockatiel home for the first time you may want to go to the grocery store and purchase a mixture of seeds and bunches of vegetables and fruits.

Your Cockatiel will need to get used to its diet. Start by offering it some seeds and a couple of vegetables every day over the first week.

Also make sure you offer your Cockatiel water.

Your Cockatiel will need to take time to adjust to its new diet.

Didn’t your Cockatiel eat anything in the first day? Start by introducing it to its diet a little at a time.

Try offering your Cockatiel a handful of food the next day.

You can also try offering your Cockatiel a small piece of bread with its food. This will act as a tasty treat for your Cockatiel.

The transition from seeds to vegetables should be made gradually over the course of one or two weeks.

Make sure to provide your Cockatiel with a healthy amount of food each day.

You should also make sure that your Cockatiel always has access to fresh water.

Start adding small pieces of fruit to your Cockatiel’s diet after one or two weeks.

Health and common conditions

A good quality cockatiel diet and attentive care can help prevent most diseases and other health problems that may occur. Some are not preventable, however, and a cockatiel owner may encounter health conditions as the parrot ages. Before buying a cockatiel, it’s a good idea to research the most common cockatiel diseases and health problems that may develop in particular age groups. This helps you make an informed choice and properly address health concerns later.

Most Cockatiel owners will eventually encounter common health issues typical in cockatiels, such as feather picking and overgrown nails. If your cockatiel has one of these conditions, and you need professional help, you may find it helpful to work with a cockatiel vet. An experienced vet can help you understand what’s causing the problem, and offer treatment suggestions.

In most cases, you can provide relief at home for these types of problems. This is why it’s important to do some basic cockatiel first aid. Some common treatments can include bathing, nail trimming, grooming, and nutritional vitamins. If necessary, a vet may prescribe additional medications or supplements.

Cockatiel as a pet

Cockatiels, also known as “Australia’s Most Popular Pet”, are very popular as pets and are easily the most popular tropical pet bird. They are a popular choice as a family pet because they get very attached to the family.

They are also quite easy to train, adopt a childlike attitude that many people find endearing, and can be noisy, so they can be a good choice if you like birds that are active during the day and do not like total silence.

These birds are quite intelligent and curious, which means that in some ways, they are like more complicated dogs. However, training can be more difficult than with some other types of pets, as they can easily become bored. They are very smart and interested in learning new things, and like other types of birds, they are capable of some truly amazing feats for a pet that is not even a parrot.

With proper care, these birds can live 20 years or more, and many have been known to live closer to 30 years. They require careful and continuous training, attention, and discipline; however, to some people, these birds are a joy, as they become very friendly and affectionate.