Here are some of the most commonly asked cockatiel questions. With cockatiels, because they are so small and not the most important of pets in most people’s eyes, we know surprisingly little about them.
What do cockatiels eat?
Cockatiels are herbivorous, and their main diet in the wild consists of seeds, nectar from plant blossoms and seeds and nuts that are native to Australia.
In captivity, we tend to feed them a mixture of sunflower and budgie seed, fruit and veggies and sometimes pellets or homemade cockatiel food. We should also give them cuttlefish which helps them to digest their food.
They have a strong, curved beak for cracking nuts and hard seeds.
Can cockatiels talk?
Yes, cockatiels can talk.
You need patience, and it does take a while, but if you recite a phrase often enough (and beware anybody that uses foul language) they will eventually learn to talk.
It should be noted that cockatiels do not actually talk. They mimic sounds, including human speech.
How To Cockatiels age?
One human year equals four cockatiel years.
Do cockatiels live alone?
No! They are very social in the wild.
They need at least one other bird with them unless you are willing to spend the majority of your day with your bird. Birds need companionship or they can get depressed and lonely.
What do cockatiels enjoy?
Cockatiels love to be scratched behind their heads, and mine is proof. He actually cocks his head every time I take him out so that I can scratch him.
Do cockatiels get fleas?
Cockatiels don’t get fleas, but they can get other kinds of parasites like mites and ticks.
The best way to prevent parasites is to prevent contact with wild birds.
If you suspect that your bird might have parasites, you should contact your avian veterinarian for treatment. Never try to treat an infestation yourself.
What Mustn’t You Feed a Cockatiel?
Click here to find out. But the list includes chocolate and avocado.
How do cockatiels mate?
Cockatiels mate like any other bird. The male mounts the female from behind. Prior to this act, they go through a complicated mating ritual.
How can you breed with cockatiels?
You will need to buy a breeding box for the cage from your pet store, or online similar to this one on the right. You can click here to find out more about breeding boxes.
Do cockatiels kiss?
Cockatiels generally don’t kiss each other. They preen each other instead. You can train them to give you a kiss, though.
Are cockatiels good pets?
Cockatiels can be amazing pets, as long as you have the time and give them lots of attention.
They are sweet, friendly animals, and are suitable pets for any age group.
Do Female cockatiels talk?
Unfortunately, no. They don’t whistle either. Male cockatiels talk and if your female starts to talk, then the she is definitely a he.
Where do cockatiels come from?
Australia. In fact, that is the only country where you see them flying around wild in flocks.
Can you harness a cockatiel?
This is on of the controversial cockatiel questions. Yes, you can purchase a chest harness and a lead for a cockatiel if you want to (for example) take it outside for a fly but if you do you need to be careful of dangerous birds such as crows attacking them.
Otherwise, it is completely fine as long as you attach the harness the correct way so the cockatiel is unable to escape.
You can purchase harness’s and leads at either pet shops or online. The one to the left is around $25 at Amazon.
Can cockatiels harm you?
Cockatiels, as a general rule, are good-natured little birds that would fly away from a threat sooner than bite at it.
They are members of the parrot family, and very social animals, so owning one and neglecting to tend to its social needs may result in an ill-tempered, spiteful or fearful bird, but they are so small, they cannot do any real damage if they attack you. They are very affectionate and safe pets when treated well, but can give quite a sore nip if provoked.
Hope this post has answered some of the cockatiel questions that have been on your mind.