Interesting Facts About Cockatiels

Here are some interesting facts about cockatiels:

  1. Did you know that the fumes emitted from Teflon coated cookware can kill your cockatiel?
  2. Even though the cockatiel was first discovered in Australia in 1770, it didn’t become a popular pet choice until the Australian Gold Rush in the nineteen hundreds.
  3. If you want to check if your cockatiel seeds are still good, try sprouting them.  If less than 70% sprout, then they have died and have very little nutritional value.  To sprout them you can put them on a saucer covered with a paper towel.  Soak the seeds with water and keep them moist for about 4 to 5 days by spraying them.  Give them to your tiel once they have sprouted, he will devour them.
  4. There is a bird called a Galatiel that is from mixing a cockatiel and a gallah together.
  5. Cockatiels are very sociable and don’t like to be left along for long periods of time.  Rather get him a friend if you are out a lot, or he may pluck his feathers, get angry or refuse to eat.
  6. Male cockatiels are better talkers and whistlers than females.  They use their vocal chords to attract female cockatiels in the wild.
  7. Hand fed cockatiels are more likely to talk than parent fed ones.
  8. It is easier for a cockatiel to whistle than to talk.
  9. A cockatiel can live to 22 years, but the average lifespan is 15 years.
  10. Drafts are very bad for cockatiels so keep your cockatiel out of winds or draughts.

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