Introduction To Cockatiels

The Cockatiel is an excellent option to consider if you are looking for a small parrot that will not set you back a significant amount of money but will still be a captivating, charming, and lovable companion.

These birds are indigenous to Australia and can be seen flying free over the majority of the continent’s interior. Because they are no longer shipped outside, you can be certain that the bird you buy was raised in either the United States or the country in which you currently reside.

The Cockatiel is a very quiet bird, with a mild chirping sound and a lovely mating song in the males. Cockatiels are found in Australia and New Guinea. Even though their voices are not as clear as those of larger parrots, some of them may be taught to speak and sing simple tunes. Handling and petting a cockatiel is quite rewarding for the bird. If they are handled from the time they are chicks and hand-fed, they become gentle and friendly to the point where they would make a wonderful pet and companion. Even adults that have been raised in an aviary can be domesticated with enough time, patience, and kindness.

There is a diverse palette of hues from which to choose when purchasing a cockatiel.

  • Normal Grey is comprised of a number of different tones of grey, and it has orange cheek patches and some white on its wings. The crests and heads of the males are yellow and white in color. The heads of females are typically gray, and they have orange patches on the cheeks.
  • Lutino is an all-white coloration, with some examples having a yellow wash. They all have orange patches on their cheeks. In addition to having dark red eyes, their beaks and feet are colored to resemble horns. When the male has reached full maturity, the underside of his wings and his tail will be completely white. The female will have a very subtle barring of yellow.
  • Pied-and-mottled appearance with spots The heavy pied pattern contains more white. The light pied has a greater amount of gray. Both the male and the female have a strikingly similar appearance.
  • Pearl – The tips of virtually all of the feathers have a scalloped pattern in either white or yellow. After their first molt, males may lose all of their scalloping or only some of it, but they will always have a typical grey colour.
  • Coloration resembling cinnamon-light silver, with lighter regions on the face.
  • Cinnamon’s cousin, Fallow, has crimson eyes but looks exactly the same.
  • There are none of the whiteface-orange spots present. Because it lacks the yellow pigment, it has a charcoal coloring with white patches on its wings. When they reach maturity, the males’ faces will be completely white.
  • Whiteface Lutino (also known as Albino’s) are people who are completely white but have red eyes.

Selecting a Cockatiel

As with the selection of any other kind of pet, a cockatiel should be chosen with great caution. Before committing to a relationship that might last for the next 20 years, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself first.

  • Have I allotted enough time to deal with it? In the event that this is not possible, would it have the company of another bird as well as a variety of intriguing toys to keep it stimulated and occupied while I am gone? Cockatiels are gregarious birds that require constant engagement because of their nature.
  • Is it possible to allow it out of its cage so that it may get some exercise? Birds need time spent outside of their cages in order to exercise not just their wings but also their personalities and curiosities. When it’s out of its cage, will your bird be kept safe and under supervision? What about the safety of the other pets in the house and the potentially hazardous areas?
  • Is it possible to put the cage in a secure part of the house that is also close to the hub of the family’s activities?
  • Do I want a talking bird? The majority of cockatiels are either mute or can only utter a few select words. If you want a bird that can talk, the cockatiel is not a good choice because it cannot mimic human speech.
  • Is it possible for me to give an appropriate enclosure, toys that stimulate them, good food, and frequent medical attention?

When shopping for a bird to keep as a pet, one should give serious thought to obtaining a young bird whenever possible. Buying a bird that is at least 8 weeks old gives you the peace of mind that it has mastered the ability to fend for itself when it comes to feeding. Keep an eye out for the bird that chooses you. This will be a bird with sparkling eyes that has been socialized and readily approaches you. It will want to “step up” and sit on your shoulder or have its head stroked by you.

If you wish to buy a bird for showing or breeding, it is best to do so after the bird has gone through its first molt, which takes place between the ages of 5 and 6 months. In this manner, you will have a better notion of the sex, color, and quality of the item. If the bird has a closed metal leg band with the year of birth and the affiliation of a national club, then you will know for certain how old it is (See National Cockatiel Society and American Cockatiel Society.)

When you buy a bird from a breeder that is a member of one of the organizations listed above, you may be assured that the breeder is dedicated to breeding, growing, and selling a bird that is sound and healthy.

The charming cockatiel is one of the parrots that requires the least amount of maintenance and will make a wonderful, loving companion for many years to come.

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