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8 Fun Facts About Cockatiels

parrot-admin by Kyle       Last updated Aug. 15, 2017

They are well-socialized animals that give us hours of joy and bring life to a home like no other bird can do. Their sunny dispositions are infectious and their antics bring a lot of love and laughter.

These playful birds dance and sing, and some can even talk! They love to perform for small rewards and can be trained do to many things.

They need a lot of love and attention which is not hard to give them as they are simply a great pet to raise and be around.

Cockatiels will join right in the with your family and will become a great companion too.


Here are 8 fun facts about these loved parrots:


1: First Discoveries

Even though they have been around since nearly the beginning of time, cockatiels were first discovered in 1770 in Australia.

They were kept by locals but did not gain their popularity as a household pet until the Australian gold rush in the 1900s.


2: Lifespan

Cockatiels do not live as long as larger parrot breeds. Their lifespans can vary greatly and depend upon their care, attention, diet and exercise. Pet Cockatiels can live an average of 10 to 25 years.

Most live to be about 15 years old. Some have even lived as long as 32 years. The oldest living cockatiel on record lived to be 36 years old.


3: Shared Parental Responsibility

Cockatiels are sexually mature anywhere between 12 to 24 months old. The female will lay anywhere between 5-10 eggs at a time.

Their eggs will hatch in 17 to 24 days from laying them. The females hatch the eggs and care for the newborns.

The males, on the other hand, do not fly off as most do in the bird world. Instead, they are extremely protective fathers. They protect their families to the death if need be and have been known to do so in the wild as they face down much larger birds to protect their young.

The fathers are also affectionate and nurturing to their children.

In recorded cases when the mother gets killed, father cockatiels will step in and raise their children as a single parent.  




4: That Voice

Cockatiels are very demanding. They have a voice and they use it!

Their vocals range from soft cheeps to ear-splitting shrieks. Even though some tells talk, most love to whistle and prefer it to talking.

Males are the best whistlers and have tremendous vocal abilities.

Females are quieter. This is due to their natural habitat in the wild where the males use their beautiful voice to attract the females.

If you prefer the noise, then choose a male. If you would like a quieter parrot, then the female will be more to your liking.

Here’s how to get your cockatiel talking.


5: Attention

Attention is extremely important to the health and well-being of your pet.

Tamed cockatiels need a few hours of your time each day. They love to be around the family. They crave attention and require it to keep them happy and healthy.

They grow unhappy if they are left alone. Cockatiels are friendly and love to form relationships.

Some like physical contact, so let them out of the cages to socialize. Did you know that your pet cockatiel enjoys being petted and scratched? Most of them do.

They love to have their heads and neck scratched and will tell you by nibbling on your finger and bobbing their heads down.

Once you start scratching, your cockatiels will most likely let out a soft shriek to show its satisfaction.

They are not ornaments to place in cages in your house and forget about. If you show them love and attention they will give you lifelong companionship and be a great addition to your family 


6: Careful Placement

Since cockatiels are very social, their cages need to be placed in a room of the house that gets the most interaction.

Keeping them in the kitchen is not a good idea, nor is it for any bird as some cooking fumes are toxic to them.

Teflon is a major toxic contributor, cooking with these pans emits fumes that are harmful to birds. Also, do not place your cockatiel’s cage in a darkened corner as the dark can scare them.

Cockatiels like to explore the ground. Place toys or a food dish near the bottom of the cage so they can explore the bottom of the cage and not sit on their perch all day with nothing to do.


7: Behaviour


Cockatiels will get depressed if left alone too much. A depressed cockatiel will show their depression by pulling out their feathers, banging their head against the cage, becoming angry or refusing to eat.

If you enjoy cockatiels but need to be away for long periods in the day, then it would be a good idea to get two cockatiels to keep each other company while you are away.


Females are more aggressive than males and are the ones more prone to biting and hissing. Males are very egotistical and will love to look in the mirror whereas females lose interest after a short period of time.


Night Frights:

Cockatiels are prone to nightmarish fright attacks at night. Sometimes when the cage is covered, your bird might begin to thrash around.

Even after you come to investigate and turn the light on, your bird may continue for a few minutes. These night frights can be prevented by placing a night light close to the cage and turn it on at night for your bird.


8: Training

Training cockatiels take a lot of time and attention. A hand-raised bird is easier to train.

If you have a young cockatiel, begin training it to be hand held and to perch on your finger. This will help you to be able to socialize with your bird in the years to come.

While training, keep millet sprays to reward your cockatiel. They will love it and be more open to the training sessions. Teach your cockatiels a command then offer a treat to reward when the behaviour is mimicked.

You may need to repeat this process several times before your cockatiels get it but once it does, your birds will retain the training for the rest of its life.



Cockatiels are great parrots for adults and for kids. I hope this article helped you understand these amazing and popular pet parrots better :)

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