What to consider before getting a cockatiel?

Gray cockatiel

Firstly, some Wiki information here: The cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as weiro bird, or quarrion, is a small parrot that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar. Cockatiels are native to Australia, favoring the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bushlands.

If you want to get a cockatiel, that means you are getting a new member to your family. If you do not feel that way, please don't do that. They do not exist to be caged. 

General Features

Cockatiels are birds that can fly for a very long time. They are not happy to be kept in the cage for a long time. Males can speak and whistle, but females speak very rarely. They are not whistling and are quieter. Male Cockatiels like to show, while females are calmer. The sound of the cockatiel is one of the most curious topics. Males have a beautiful singing like a canary while females have a screaming-like sound. Cockatiels are curious and playful, they like to play with toys and people. Their communication with people is perfect. They are quite skilled at telling their wishes. A cockatiel can easily tell the owner what he wants with his movements. If you do not take care of your bird, it may lead to plucking its feather.  Sultan parrots are monogamous. Female cockatiels hatch at night and male sultans at daytime. Due to the possibility of entering the nest at the same time, especially the large cockatiel nests should be chosen. They reach puberty after 6 - 9 months of age. It may take time for them to start mating, and they may not mate immediately. You may usually get between 1 and 5 eggs. But there may be fewer and more. Their eggs are white and grayish in color. Not all eggs are full. The incubation period is 18-20 days. The babies are fed by their parents for 30 to 35 days after hatching and they can leave the nest after 45 days. They should not be disturbed in the mating and hatching process. Bonus: You should not disturb a cockatiel who is sleeping. Or you can get serious bites!

Their Sign of Emotion


You can understand the mood of the cockatiel by looking at its feathers on top. They are called the crest. If the feathers are upright, they are in a curious or confused mood. If they are tilted back, it means that they are afraid of something. If the top feathers lie back and almost stick to his head, and the sound of the cockatiel sounds like a hissing sound, this is an indication that they feel danger or threat. When they feel good, the feathers stand slightly backward.