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Size: 36 - 46 cm / 14 - 18 inches
Life Expectancy: 12 - 30 years
The cockatiel is a perfect pet bird. A hand-raised Cockatiel quickly becomes attached to its owner. The males very easily learn to whistle tunes and can even be taught to talk. Cockatiels are easy to breed in either cages or aviaries. They are a great choice for anyone that would like to go into business raising birds. There is always a ready market for tame babies. Originally from Australia, many thousands are reared worldwide as pets. Cockatiels are also exhibited as a show bird.
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The normal cockatiel is slate gray, reminiscent of a common pigeon. This is the form that exists in the wilds of Australia. A yellow suffusion covers the entire bird. This yellow is especially prominent in the head and crest of the male bird. Youngsters and hens have horizontal bars going down the tail.
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Origin of the Cockatiel
Cockatiels are mainly found in Australia and are often known as desert birds.
- Small parrots with a variety of color patterns and a crest, they are attractive as well as friendly and easy to tame.
- Because of their small size, cockatiel care and taming is easier than some other parrot species.
- They are capable of mimicking speech, although they can be difficult to understand.
- They are quite good at whistling and can often be taught to whistle tunes.
It is necessary to understand a Cockatiel behavior to keep them happy and content for life. They can be trained to imitate simple words and sentences. They can even whistle softly. These things really make them adorable. Tame cockatiels often love to do things like take showers with you and wolf-whistle.
Cockatiel As A Pet
Cockatiels as pets are active and playful and should have a large cage. Cockatiels are perfect for amateur Parrot pet owners. By nature they are cheerful birds and are seldom temperamental. Pet Cockatiels are small in size with colorfully patterned feathers.
Training a Cockatiel is not at all a challenging job. Though Cockatiel care is expensive but its simply worth it. They need clean and spacious cages that would keep them at ease. Shower them with ample love and attention and they will easily bond with you. It is important to keep their feathers trimmed to prevent them from flying away.
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The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism.
Cockatiels are active and playful and should have a large cage. Horizontal cage bars offer the best opportunity for climbing and exercise. There should be space to place at least a couple of perches at different levels with enough space to comfortably move between them. Many Cockatiel cages come with a removable bottom tray for easy cleaning.
Cage size should be:
- Cockatiels need approximately: 20" W x 20" H x 24" D
- Bar spacing: 1/2" to 5/8"
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A Cockatiel's general diet includes seeds, pellets, chopped fruits, greens, canned corns, muffins or soft bread, millets and vegetables. It is essential to always wash their food and water containers regularly.
- Give plenty of fresh water to your Parakeet for a happy and healthy bird.
- Beware, that a Parakeet can become bored with formulated diet that can trigger off negative behavior.
- Make a combination of small parrot mix and supplement with your bird's regular meals.
- Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.
- Make sure you never feed your bird avocado, cabbage, parsley and iceberg lettuce.
Remember, your pet's diet will improve its health and will keep it content.
What is the Ideal Diet For Your Cockatiel
Proper hygiene would avert common diseases like runny nose, gout or E-coli from your Cockatiel pet. Although hardy birds, but the Budgies are prone to accidents owing to their small size. They are also very sensitive to their environment; therefore, hygiene and cleanliness must be maintained. Water should be changed everyday and food should not be kept over 3 hours in the cage. Clean their cage with anti-bacterial solutions from time to time.
Usually active, energetic and healthy, Budgie can suffer from common diseases like any other Budgies. These health issues are:
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- feather plucking
- beak swelling
- wheezing or coughing
- favoring one foot
- eye or nasal discharge
- red or swollen eyes
Care should be taken while trimming your bird's feathers.
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