Essential Facts About the Adorable Cockatiel


Is there any bird that puts a smile on your face quicker than the perky little cockatiel? What’s more irresistible than that cute yellow face with the bright orange cheek feathers, topped by a jaunty crest? Yes, we’re pretty much smitten with the charming cockatiel. If you are already owned by one, you know what we’re taking about. If not, here are some cockatiel facts, courtesy of the experts at, to get you started.


The cockatiel is originally from Australia, first discovered by westerners back in 1770, becoming a popular pet in the 1900s.


Cockatiels are very sociable birds, they will flock together in the wild, and pet cockatiels do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. Make sure to get a pair if you will be away from home a lot.


Cockatiels can live up to 25 years, although 15 years is the average age. Proper care increases a cockatiel’s lifespan.


Cockatiels can be harmed if placed in a cold, drafty area of your house. Be sure to keep your cockatiel away from things like air conditioning vents.


Male cockatiels will whistle and talk more than female cockatiels. Hand-fed cocktails make better talkers than those raised by their bird parents.


Young children and cockatiels don’t always make the best combination because cockatiels can get startled by overly-excited little ones. Cockatiels do better with calm, older kids.




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