Cockatiels have big personalities. They are charismatic and highly entertaining parrots. These beautiful birds will gladly hitch a ride on your shoulder, dance to your favorite tunes, or tease your dog by calling him.
Fascinating Cockatiel Facts:
- Male Cockatiels Make Better Whistlers.
- Some Can Talk.
- Males Also Look After Their Young.
- Cockatiels Were Discovered In 1770.
- You Can Sense A Cockatiel Mood Using Its Crest.
- They Thrive on Companionship.
- They Love Mirrors.
- Cockatiels Get Depressed.
- They Can Bite and Hiss
- Some appreciate a night light!
The cockatiel is the smallest bird to have a head crest and while it looks very pretty, the crest is used for more than just decoration. You can tell the mood of your bird by looking at the shape and movement of the crest.
- If the crest points straight up, the bird is curious and is most likely investigating something like its own reflection or a new toy.
- An angry cockatiel will flatten its crest close to its head or swing upside down from its perch.
- When the crest looks relaxed, this usually signifies that the bird is sleepy. Cover the cage for the night.
- A happy cockatiel will push its crest feathers out so that it looks like a badminton shuttlecock. Your happy bird might sing and whistle, too.
- When the crest is up but remains relaxed instead of straight, your bird could be excited. This posture is usually accompanied by a happy whistle or a giddy little hopping.
The cockatiel has become very popular as a companion pet. The cheerful, sociable, little whistlers will, with proper socialization, enjoy spending as much time as possible with its humans, positively thriving on the attention. Ensure a good diet, prevent it from eating anything toxic or potentially dangerous, and this Australian parrot species can live up to 30 years in captivity.
Thanks to Nicole Cosgrove for this information.
See also: Scarlet Macaw Parrot and Bluebird of Happiness pop up cards.