Male cockatiels make breeding sounds all the time

by ildiko

Hi! I see most people want to teach their cockatiels how to whistle - I'd like to do the exact opposite. I have two males and they are constantly making breeding sounds! They spread their wings and "parade" while whistling in a high-pitched voice. It bothers the neighbours and there's nothing I can do about it. Please help. Thanks!

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Apr 20, 2010
male cockatiels breeding
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem, my male Xochitl is always screaming to the ears of Tepin, with a heart shape and moving his face in a funny way. I love it!!. I think is completely normal and there is no need of see a vet. If you want you could put a nest for them, even two males will fall in love to each other, but also there is the risk of cockatiels being focus on theirselves and don't be a pet anymore.
Also you can try, to put them in a dark room more hours. I say that because they know that is the breeding time in summer when the days are longer. So you can do the days shorter with a dark room (don't take the light off all day long, light is important too)
Good luck

Oct 01, 2009
by: Ildiko

Hi Linda!
Thank you so much for your answer!

About their nutrition:
Sadly, I cannot order Harrison's for them because I live in Romania and, even if it's allowed through by customs, it would probably end up being too expensive. I will look around to see if I can find anything like it here. They sell seed mixes for Tiels, that's what I've been giving them. That, and cuttlefish bone, vitamins and "feather mix" seeds when they're changing their feathers. I also give them fruits and veggies (apples, carrots for example) once in a while, even though they hardly ever taste it.

About their sex:
I got the second male as female (they told me he was a she at the Pet store), just that after a while he changed "her" pearl feathers and now looks like a regular gray. That, and the competition between them makes me think that "she" in fact is a he.
No, sadly I cannot keep more than two birds and simply "exchanging" one of them would be cruel (some suggested I should do that).
There is one Vet in my town who is supposedly "good with birds" (no idea if he's a certified avian vet or not). He doesn't want to see bird unless they are really sick, because he thinks that the stress of getting them to him is too harmful.

About playtime:
I work all day, but when I get home I usually let them out of their cage. They fly a bit (wings not clipped) and rest on the top of their cage usually. Then they parade and make that breeding sound I mentioned. I'm not sure how to go about teaching them because I've seen that it's recommended to teach them individually. But when I separate them, they start screeching for each other. Even if they're in the same room but not on the same perch they "talk" till one of them gives in and moves to where the other is. Any recommendations for how I could start? They don't like to be touched but they won't bite me either if I do so.
The cage is pretty big (not sure about the measurements) and the area where they are isn't a high-traffic one.
Thanks again for your input!

Sep 26, 2009
by: Linda

Your birds are just doing what comes naturally. They are doing what is called displaying, and being that they are two grown males, they are competing to see who can be the prettiest, loudest and all the things that go along with being males (no disrespect meant to men, just if the shoe fits and all).

Do you work with your birds? Do they have out of cage time to play and a playtop on their cages? The only way you will be able to help yourself is to get busy training your birds. This takes a real commitment and a lot of time. Tracie has some training resources on this site, and the internet also has places you can go to learn more about your birds. If your birds are caged together, it is time to have them in separate cages where each has his own dishes, perches and toys. This will combat the competition some. The other thing is training. Play music for them, and you may be surprised how they stop yelling and actually start singing and start to learn words. Cockies can talk very well, and they have to have something to help them learn. Soothing music will help calm them down as will working with them some. Bird training sessions should not be more than 15 minutes at a time, and you can work with them several times a day for the short periods.

If they do nothing but sit in their cages all day, the are bored. All parrots can be loud and even the Cockie singing can get loud at times. Sounds like your birds are nervous. I've had a store full of male and female Cockies, and though they can get loud from time to time usually in mornings and before bed or at sundown, most of the time they would be quieter during the day. If you have them in a high traffic area where people are coming and going all the time, they need a quieter place to be.

Please don't blame your birds if you are not doing everything in your power to help them. If they have not seen an Avian vet in over a year, take them in for a checkup BEFORE starting any training. If they are eating an all seed, get busy changing them over to a pelleted diet like Harrison's which Tracie carries out here.

If you have room and enough cages that are large enough, you could consider getting females for them which would help immensely. You do not have to breed them, just have them paired off with mates who they could then preen for.

I suggest you first take them to an Avian vet for a checkup to makes sure they are healthy. Get them started on a healthy diet that does not makes them so nervous and play them some soothing music to help them settle down.

There is a number of reasons why they are acting this way all the time, and it is your job to find out what you can do about it.

Keep us posted on how everything goes, and please, please do not become loud or abusive with them as they are just little birds doing what they are doing because they LACK something in their home environment.

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