All About Cockatiels

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Normal cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) are shades of gray, with white patches on the wings. They have a yellow/white face with a bright orange patch over the ‘ear’, which some think gives cockatiels a clown-face-like appearance. Some variations include: Pied (varying white patches cover body); Pearl (each feather retains gray color, with white interspersed); Lutino (Bird white with yellow/white/ orange face); and Albino (white bird).

The drawback to the cockatiel is that it is dusty. The cockatiel uses a powder to keep its wings waterproof. After petting the bird, one normally has a powdery finger. Frequent baths help to keep the dust down.


Average 12 Inches

Average Lifespan:

18 years (some as long as 25 years) when well cared for and being fed a healthy and varied diet.


Males tend to have a brighter facial color. Females have a duller facial color, and have barring under their tails. Some breeders say this general sexing rule is not always true, but most feel that it works fairly reliably when using it when a Tiel is age one. This method of sexing becomes more difficult in the variations.


Originally from Australia. Can be found in almost all regions of Australia.


Very good personality, the majority make a very cuddly pet, most handfed and well-socialized Cockatiels babies are easier to handle at the beginning. Can be trained to mimic whistles and short phrases. Some people say the males are more easily trained, as the males are usually very vocal, whistling and talking, strutting around. While some females can talk, they are a little quieter, more sedate and affectionate. However, these facts have been debated by many people.


Not too loud.


Prices usually fall under $100.

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