Cockatiels are one of the friendliest pet birds. They have an interesting history to be found. They learn to mimic and imitate very fast. While some days they are playful and friendly, and the other days they become moody and feisty.
They are really mysterious. So, before you are going to have your cockatiel friend, go through this article to know them better.
Native Habitat of Cockatiel.
Cockatiels belong to the family of Cockatoo. They are found everywhere in the world more or less. But their native origin is in Australia. Cockatiels are native to the semi-arid regions of Australia but the wild species are distributed throughout the entire mainland in Australia.
They are often known as Quarrions or Weiros by the natives. Cockatiels tend to avoid dense forests since they prefer inland areas where they can easily avail of fresh-water. That’s why the denser population of Cockatiels is found in the Southwestern regions including the island of Tasmania.
Cockatiels have a diverse species variations that have been occurred due to beautiful mutations over time. Normal Grey, Cinnamons, Lutinos, and Pieds; all are the beautiful result from mutations. There are so many different varieties of cockatiels now.
The main four types of cockatiel are-
- Ashenfallow Cockatiel.
- Whiteface lutino cockatiel.
- Bronzefallow Cockatiel.
- ADMpied Cockatiel.
Cockatiel Gender Identification.
There are a few ways to tell whether the cockatiel is male or female.
1. From Their Physical Attributes.
When a cockatiel comes at its adult age (6-9 months), look at the under of their tail closely. Female Cockatiels and all Juveniles usually have grey/dark grey, white/grey, or yellow/gray markings (horizontal or dotted marks). Make cockatiels usually have no marking under their tail.
2. From Their faces.
Male cockatiels usually have a very vibrant and vivid color whereas. They have a vibrant yellow with a dazzling orange spot on the face. But the females have a bit muted color combination on their faces and the orange spot is also not so apparent.
3. From Their Vocals.
This is though not any hard and fast rule. But, male cockatiels are more vocal than females. Mostly, if your cockatiel starts to mimic your voice and starts to learn any phrases, then possibilities are high that it is a male. Female cockatiels are quieter than the males, and they tend to hiss and screech more often than males.
Cockatiel’s Nature and Behavior.
Well, No wonder, Cockatiels are mysterious by nature. They can be super friendly someday, and become extremely moody on the other days. But, there is an amazing way to tell your cockatiel friend’s mood. It’s the position of a cockatiel’s crest feathers.
A straight-up crest indicates its curiosity, whereas a defensive cockatiel tends to hold it flattened close to the head. If your cockatiel does this with hissing, it means he is extremely stressed. So try to calm him. When it will calm down and relax, it will slightly hold the back crest features with grinding its beak contentedly.
Male and female cockatiels often behave differently. A male cockatiel often searches for a reflective surface like a mirror and whistles to it. He enjoys his reflection as they think they have got a company. On the contrary, a female cockatiel seeks out a dark and enclosed area to feel secure and surrounded. So, try to make them a little space behind the furniture or cabinets in your house.
Cockatiel Care and Grooming
A cockatiel requires a spacious cage to accommodate some perches, food bowls, and toys. This is the first thing to consider for cockatiel’s care. So, make sure that they have plenty of room to flip and flap its wings freely inside the cage.
It will be best if you get a cage with a large front door because it makes an easy entrance for the cockatiel to return to the cage, especially since cockatiels are quite flighty birds. Cockatiels are ground foragers by nature and will forage on the bottom of the cage if they got the chance. So, try to cover the cage floor with newspaper. You can also sprinkle some crumbled treats or millet for your cockatiels to find.
Cockatiels are responsive and social birds. They love to interact with their owners and imitate whatever they are taught.
Remember that, cockatiels are very affectionate and they demand lots of cuddling. No matter whether it’s gently petting their cheek feathers, talking to them, or simply being around them without any words, they appreciate it very much. So try to spend a good amount of time with them in a day.
A healthy cockatiel diet contains commercially balanced diets, like Lafeber Premium Daily Diet Pellets and other foods like fresh vegetables and some seeds. If taken care of well, a cockatiel can live up to 20 years, in rare cases up to 30 years. So, take care of your lovely little birdy well.