My A to Z on Cockatiels

My A to Z on Cockatiels  –  All  About  Cockatiels!

In this post I am looking at cockatiels in a nutshell. So here is an a – z all about cockatiels which you may find interesting.

Average Life Span:  From 16 – 25 years.

Better Parents:  The Males.

Country of Origin: The Australian Continent.

Delightful Companions:   They each have a character of their own. I have never had two the same.

Eggs:   Average laid 5 – 10.all about cockatiels

Fondness for:   Having their heads scratched.

Great Pets:   Affectionate and entertaining pets.

Health Checks:   Once a year for full check by your vet.

Incubation time for eggs:  17 to 24 days.

Joyful:   Great pets and show great joy at seeing you. They make you feel really loved.

Keen learners:   Love learning, so keep your cockatiel interested.

Little Ones Weaned:   Usually at eight weeks.

Mature Sexually:   12 to 24 months.

Nutrition:   Variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, and pellets.

Original Species Name:  Nymphicus Hollandicus.

Popularity: One of the most popular pets in the United States.

Quiet:  Well a lot quieter than their bigger family members. You may want to read this post on why they do scream from time to time.

Rearing of Young:  They are nurturing and affectionate with their young.

Size:   12 to 14 inches long.

Talking:   Male birds are the best talkers.

Ultra easy to Care For – Easier than dogs and cats.

Vocals: They prefer whistling to talking.

Weight: From 88 to 178 grams.

Xtra special: Watch out they become part of your family very quickly.

Yes Please: The right answer to give if someone offers you a cockatiel.

Zee End of my a to z on cockatiels!

all about cockatiels

If you are a cockatiel owner, I would love to hear from you.

Post your cockatiel stories below.


  1. This is a great post and the information you have provided is awesome so thankyou. It would seem to me that a cockatiel would be a great companion to have around especially a chatty one, that would be so cool. I did’nt realise that they have such a long life span, and another good reason to have one as a pet. They are so beautiful as well. I feel that you have such good information about them that I could easily have one tomorrow knowing that I have great information about them to be a responsible cockatiel owner, so thanks.

  2. Hello, I absolutely loved your website. I actually have 3 cockatiels. They are beautiful birds and they are such sweethearts. Their names are Precious, Sunshine and Pixie. I loved all the information you had on them including other birds such as an African Gray. Your site was very informational and I enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you for sharing with us about the beautiful birds and a few extras ;).


  3. What a fun article on cockatiels. Having a cockatiel can be delightful as well as surprising. Mine just talked up a storm to the point where you want to tell him to pipe down. They are truly affectionate and like to be around people. You may be just a big bird to them. One drawback I saw (and overcame) is that they need a warm environment and you have to keep the temperature steady. Other than that, these are great pets and definitely the center of attention. Nice post. Well done.

    1. Yes Warren, they definitely don’t do well in drafts, although the cold hasn’t been a problem with any of mine.

      I like the way you said we may just be a big bird to them. This may well be true.

  4. Cockatiels are relatively loud birds, and the calls of males are more varied than those of females. Males can be taught to sing certain melodies, to the extent that some have been shown to synchronize their melodies with human songs and speak many words and phrases. They also learn to imitate certain human sounds or sounds from the environment, without teaching them how to do it.

    1. Yes they are very intelligent for their size and you can teach them loads of tricks too.

  5. Oh wow, this A to Z of cockatiels is amazing to read, I never knew so many different things about cockatiels. Very interesting to see that males make better parents and that cockatiels have a lifespan of as much as 16 to 25 years, which seems to me much longer than many birds.

    You mention that average eggs laid is 5 to 10, but is that per cycle for the cockatiel, or is that over the lifespan of a cockatiel? So that over 16 to 25 they will only lay 5 to 10 eggs? Thanks for clarifying. 

    1. It is 5 to 10 eggs laid per clutch. That is one time, but it is not guaranteed all of them will hatch.

  6. Thanks for this article. Didn’t know all this info.

    You did a great job covering the subject. Many faceted approach and unique layout made reading fun as well as informative.

    Obviously you know your subject.

    Good job.

  7. It is a highly informative and knowledgeable post.

    The animals are more genuine in expressing their love and are great friends of mankind. 

    Cockatiels are special and adorable. Their intelligence, and teaching them to learn to talk power is fascinating.

    They add pleasure to your home with their vibrant colors, sweet chat, and sharing and adding to your joy. 

    Their life in this post is knowledge for everyone. 

    They can be your companion for years. They don’t judge you. One of my teenage cousins has a parrot and I feel the bird is teaching him to be kind and being nice to others and keeping him joyful.

  8. Hi there, 

    I remember when I was young we had a Cockatiel, they are very lovable to those they are close to. As you say they each have their own character, just like humans. 

    There were things I didn’t know about them though, so your article helped me a lot there to try and understand them better. 

    Thank you for sharing this information with us. 

    1. Hi Johnny,

      I am surprised you have never had another cockatiel. Most people who grow up having one end up having one for life.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  9. I love birds, living in Australia I’ve had contact with Cockatiels and other parrots.  Yes they are quite interactive with you and love attention.  They are intelligent and eager to learn as you said.  I couldn’t agree more they are easy to train so you can have them on a perch outside the cage.  They would love to sit on your shoulder too.

    They make awesome pets.

    1. You are so lucky you get the opportunity to see them in the wild Ruth. That is one thing I would love to see, but don’t know if I will ever get down to that side of the world.

  10. One of the best pets our family ever had was a parakeet.  It learned fast and really like people.  My wife and I for years talked about getting a cockatiel assuming that they would also like to learn and like people.  Your article reminded me about that.  I would love to have a cockatiel to enjoy.  I have two questions.  How would a cockatiel be with a small dog? Also, given the life span of one of these birds, is it far for people in their early 70’s to get one as a pet when the bird will likely outlive them?  You have really go me thinking about this once again.

    1. I have never had a problem with any of our dogs and the birds. They generally ignore them once they are used to them. Cockatiels sometimes only live ten years, but if you do get one make provision for it to go somewhere in case you can’t take care of it anymore. They are very adaptable birds.

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