Dawn's Cockatiel

Cockatiels are very popular, intelligent companion birds.

Cockatiels have instinctive behaviors and needs you should learn about to avoid problem behaviors.

Cockatiels are elegantly painted companion parrots. They have sweet little orange cheeks and lovely yellow crests. They come in a variety of colors. No matter what color you choose, if you learn about their instinctive behaviors they will warm your heart.

Teils are very intelligent birds. They can have a large vocabulary and even learn to sing and whistle entire songs!

If you have allergies, you need to know that cockatiels create a lot of dander that some can’t live with.


If you are looking for a pet bird whose crazy antics can keep you in stitches, you may want to put a cockatiel on your list. These birds are so playful, and they love doing things just to get your attention.

Cockatiels are a great first parrot along with the Budgie Parakeet. A tame handfed cockatiel will most likely be loving and gentle. They are not as demanding as other parrots, but you still need to spend some quality time with them to keep them tame.

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Talking Ability

Female Cockatiels do not have a reputation for large vocabularies. In fact a lot of females never learn to speak. Some male Cockatiels have been reported to have large vocabularies, but their voices are not real clear to everyone.

If you want more of a chance for a companion parrot with a large vocabulary, pick another bird. Personally, I don’t think it should be as important as people make it out to be. Unless you purchase a parrot that is already speaking, you don’t have any guarantees that it will ever speak.

Noise Level

Cockatiels are relatively quiet birds compared to many other parrots. All birds make noise when they are excited, that is to be expected. Many believe that females are noisier than males, but not louder than males.

Cockatiels are considered good for apartment dwellers. Of course, the more you own the more noise you will have!

Cuddle Factor

Once your cockatiel is tame and trusts you, you will have a good chance of having a cuddly bird. You will need to consistently give the bird time out of the cage with you. You will need to be sensitive to the bird’s wishes so that it knows it can trust you.

You may try sharing some of your healthy food with your cockatiel when you are eating, and include them in your daily activities. I put my parrot on a play stand next to my desk when I am on the computer, and I talk to him as I work.

Known Behavior Problems

Cockatiels don’t have any glaring behavior problems that are common among all of them. Any parrot can have behavior problems. Many times the problems are not with the parrot but with the parrot’s owner.

A bird that is not fed properly and does not get enough sleep will have behavior problems. Make sure your Cockatiels get 11 to 14 hours of sleep in a quiet dark room, along with a healthy diet.

Boredom is another reason for a screeching bird. Provide plenty of toys and spend quality time with your bird. Find out what kind of toys your bird prefers. Some like wood they can turn into splinters and others like bells and shredding material. Some like everything.

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Your Cockatiels should only have pellets make up 70 - 80% of their diet. We like the Totally Organics Pellets because they are 100% organic and don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also like Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk. Who knows what may have been sprayed on all that stuff?

Switching Birds To Pellets article

You should add some seed blend along with vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

No matter what the manufacturer of pellets say, most experienced parrot breeders and owners will tell you that parrots on an all pellet diet are not as healthy as those that get a variety of healthy foods.

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Dehydrated Fruit and Vegetable Parrot Mixes

When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.

The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.

When you are going to be home with them, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!

Fresh Water

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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

Also, invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)

Parrot Bird Cage Requirements

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Cockatiels need a roomy cage to climb. If they are going to be home alone all day consider a large cage. I would suggest at least a 24 x 20 x 24 cage because they need enough room for a variety of parrot toys and room to swing and play between them.

Most will love toys with bells, ladders and swings. Keep the bar spacing under 1 inch.

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Some will argue with me and say that they should be in a small cage so that they will be happy to get out and play with you. We have not found that to be an issue with our birds.

If your family becomes its flock, because you are spending quality time with it, the bird will want to come out and be with you. A large cage will not change his love for you in my opinion.

Cages for Vet Visits and Outings

You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Conure in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.

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Read what Cockatiel owners have to say about their birds below,

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