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(Nymphicus hollandicus )

The cockatiel is a popular companion bird for a reason: this slender Australian parrot can be both bold and loving. Cockatiels are occasionally feisty and curious as well. If you have a cockatiel in your home, you'll probably hear a variety of chirps and whistles.



Cockatiels are related to cockatoos and belong to their own genus, Nymphicus hollandicus. The common gray cockatiel is the same hue as cockatiels found in the wild, and males may be clearly distinguished from females by their richer gray feathering and vibrant orange cheek feathers. The female's feathering is more subdued and has a barring on her undertail feathers. The lutino (yellow), pearl, and pied mutations, as well as the whiteface and albino variants, are only a few of the color mutations and cross mutations available for pet cockatiels. It could be impossible to visually tell males from females in color variations.

Character & Behavior

You can identify a cockatiel's mood by where its crest feathers are located. Straight crest feathers may indicate a frightened or intensely curious bird. A cockatiel in defense will keep its crest feathers flat against its head, and if it hisses, it may be particularly anxious. A cockatiel that is at ease will have its crest feathers held back slightly, as well as fluffed cheek feathers, and you might even hear it happily grinding its beak.

Toys made to be demolished by tiny beaks, such as bits of paper, cardboard made of soft wood, or non-toxic rawhide to chew on, are ideal for cockatiels. Moreover, cockatiels enjoy playing with toys made of hard plastic, such as beads. While whistling, male cockatiels frequently seek out mirrors and other reflected surfaces.

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