Cockatiels are loyal friends and playful companions
The Cockatiel is the second most popular pet bird in the world, and rightfully so!
Cockatiels are sweet, personable, easy to care for, intelligent, fun, and all around great family pets. They are great whistlers and the males can actually learn how to talk. They are easy to train and are quiet enough for apartment living. They can be very cuddly and are also independent and undemanding.
These birds come in a variety of colors and mutations, so there are a lot to choose from. Many become well bonded with their owners–I’ve known some that would follow you around like a puppy. What a loyal companion!
You really can’t go wrong with a wonderful bird like this. They are great for first-time bird owners and even families with small children. They can be a little nippy, but with some good training and a little TLC, you can have yourself a wonderful little feathery friend.
|Name||Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) or “tiels”|
|Size||12″ (30 cm), 75-125 grams|
|Color Differences||In the wild, they are gray with yellow heads and orange cheek patches. However, there are many color mutations that breeders have created including lutino, albino, pied, and cinnamon. Some mutations now available combine these mutations as well.|
|Owner||Good for first-time bird owners.|
|Lifespan||Approximately 35 years|
|Noise||They are not very noisy, so they are a good choice if you live in an apartment.|
|Qualities||Friendly, quiet, adaptable, easily trained, undemanding, playful, inquisitive, outgoing, delightful personalities, great family pets, may pick a favorite person, but are not one-person birds, intelligent, entertaining, most love head scratches, males are more vocal than females, can be nippy, cuddly, can learn tricks, good at whistling, clean, gentle.|
|Abilities||Good – They are good at imitating sounds (especially whistles) and some have learned how to whistle entire songs. Males are more vocal than females and some males do learn to talk well.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||They do like a lot of attention and most love getting their head scratched. However, they are also very independent and do well on their own when necessary.|
|Diet||They need a diet for small birds.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for small birds.|
“Sweet ‘Tiel Affection”
Cockatiels are very affectionate and can be very cuddly. This video shows just how much they love to have their head scratched.
“Happy Birthday To You!”
Cockatiels are also great whistlers. One of the best, actually. I’ve seen videos of ‘Tiels whistling the Imperial March and the theme from Kill Bill. This video is a great demonstration of this particular talent.
Cockatiels are often seen as nippy birds. You definitely need to know how to train your Cockatiel if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you. Yes, Cockatiels can be very cuddly if trained correctly! However, if you don’t know how to train a Cockatiel, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program. Whether your parrot is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Dave and Jamieleigh Womach. You can see many of their videos for free to get an idea of how much they know about parrots and how they can help you train yours.
Below is one of Dave’s videos about teaching your parrot to step-up without biting. This technique is perfect for Cockatiels as well and is a great example of how effective these training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner.
This video is only the first step in getting your Cockatiel hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out the BirdTricks Training Course for taming your parrot even further.
For more information about Dave and Jamieleigh’s courses, you can visit the Bird Tricks website HERE.
- The Essential ‘Tiel Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your ‘Tiel
- Find The Best ‘Tiel Cage
- Toys Your ‘Tiel Will Love
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