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Cockatiel

Lifespan: 20-25 years
Size: 10”-13” with tail

FOOD

  • Cockatiel seed/pellet mix
  • 50% cockatiel seed
  • 50% cockatiel pellet
  • Fresh greens (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Fresh fruits (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Spray Millet
  • Treats may consist of:
    • Prepackaged bird treats
  • Avoid these foods:
    • Chocolate & other candy
    • Onions
    • Avocados

Caging & Environment

  • Cockatiels can be housed in any cage that features 3/4” bar spacing, but also need enough surface area to extend their wings.
  • They should have several perches , preferably made of different materials – wood, rope, etc. with varying diameters.
  • Provide a water cup, seed cup, and fresh food cup as well as a cuttlebone.
  • Toys from each category should be provided: destructible, communication, enrichment, and exercise (see Bird Toy Pie sheet for more information).

Behavior/Handling

  • Cockatiels are the smallest member of the cockatoo family, and as far as pet birds go, there are second only to parakeets in popularity.
  • Cockatiels are excellent whistlers (especially the males) and can mimic many other sounds (telephone rings, doorbells, etc.).
  • This species of bird is very prone to breaking blood feathers. Please refer to the In Store Care Protocol for more information.
  • Tiels, as they are also known, can experience “night fright” episodes, similar to having a nightmare. They will thrash about the cage and then settle. This is why it is important to provide a spacious cage, so they do not damage their wings or tail during such an episode.
  • Cockatiels that are housed alone bond better with humans than cockatiels that are housed in pairs (in that case, they bond to each other). They are easily tamed and love to be handled.