Characteristics of Cockatiels as Pets
Cockatiels are great with personalities and are very easy to tame. They are good whistlers and mimics and are generally good for handling. They make a good choice for beginners. Cockatiels are one of the smallest birds in the parrot family and make lovable and intelligent pets. Cockatiels are social pets who will mimic your voice and happily ride around on your finger or shoulder. This article will show you how to care for your happy, healthy pet Cockatiel!
The Cockatiel display their cute little erectile crests, as well as have their male/female colorings and their nesting behaviors. The adult cockatiel weighs 3 to 4 ounces and is 12 inches from beak to the tip of the tail. Male cockatiels generally have brighter yellow heads and check patches, as well as prominent crests. Most cockatiels live 10 to 20 years, though they can live as long as 20 to 25 years.
They are found over most of Australia except the coastal areas. They are not found in Tasmania.
Behaviors and Temperament.
Cockatiels are very submissive and friendly to people as well as other birds. They like attention and handling. Both males and females make equally good pets! Single birds will become very dependent on their owners. If you will not be able to provide the much-required attention and playtime, your cockatiel will need a friend.
Handfed Cockatiels have a very sweet, even temperament, and will exhibit a rather curious and curious nature. They can bond closely with their owners and can be extremely affectionate. Cockatiels are quite intelligent and very social and enjoy interacting with their human.
Cockatiels love climbing and stretching their wings, as well as playing. Keep the number of toys and accessories in the cage light so that you don’t inhibit the bird’s movements. They enjoy a variety of toys such as seed treats, swings, ladders, bells, and mirrors. Tree branches and wooden chews provide excellent exercise and keep the beak trim. Bright shiny plastic toys are for parakeets, not cockatiels! Never give cockatiel rubber toys!
A tame cockatiel will enjoy a parrot playpen outside of the cage. It makes a superior cockatiel toy and can be equipped with ladders, perches, swings and hanging toys. 9 to 13 hours of rest are needed each day for a healthy, well-adjusted cockatiel.
Care and feeding
Fresh food and water must be provided daily. Pelleted diets will provide a fairly balanced feed, however, it does not contain the phytonutrients that are found in vegetables, fruits, grains, and seeds. These will need to be supplemented with green foods such as dandelion leaves, weeds, carrot tops, celery, watercress, spinach, peas, seedling grasses, and millet. Various fruits will also be enjoyed such as apples, oranges, bananas, and others. Proteins can be offered in the form of mynah pellets, dog food, and even mashed hard-boiled eggs. Cockatiels are notoriously finicky eaters; so starting them on a nutritionally complete diet right away is best for them and for your sanity. Try to avoid sugary treats for your bird; cockatiels have a high risk of diabetes. Do not feed avocado, as it can be toxic to birds! Although it was previously thought that grit was needed by cockatiels, it has been found that they do not need grit and can actually cause problems if given to cockatiels. Parrots that eat seed whole without shelling it first require grit, but cockatiels shell their seed before eating it so grit should not be provided. Cuttlebones are needed to help provide calcium and to help keep the beak trim.
Since cockatiels are fast flyers, it is important to keep their wings clipped, as this will prevent them from taking to the air and escaping. It will also facilitate you to tame the bird.