Cockatiel Baby Parrot
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Cleaning your cockatiel’s habitat
Spot clean the habitat daily, removing discarded food and droppings on perches. Thoroughly wash and dry food bowls daily. Replace substrate or habitat liner weekly or more often as needed, especially if the habitat houses more than one bird.
Regularly clean and disinfect your cockatiel’s habitat and perches by:
- Moving your cockatiel into a secure place (such as another habitat or travel carrier) in a separate air space
- Washing the habitat, perches and toys with a bird habitat cleaner or 3% bleach solution, being sure to thoroughly rinse all trace amounts so there is no residue to which your bird could be exposed
- NOTE: Do not use any cleaning agents not specifically made for pets around your bird because birds’ respiratory tracts are very sensitive to anything aerosolized, and fumes from cleaning products can be harmful
- Thoroughly drying the habitat and its contents
- Replacing the substrate or liner, perches and toys
- Returning your bird to their habitat
Replace perches, dishes and toys when worn or damaged; rotate new toys into the habitat regularly to help avoid boredom.
These little birds are gentle, affectionate, and often like to be petted and held. They are not necessarily fond of cuddling. They simply want to be near you and will be very happy to see you.
Cockatiels are generally friendly; however, an untamed bird might nip. You can prevent bad habits at an early age by ignoring bad behavior as these birds aim to please. Never scold the bird; this can cause it to become timid around people. Reward good behavior and disregard the bad.
Cockatiels are intelligent birds and can learn a variety of tricks over time. From waving and whistling to bell ringing, they’re smart little birds that will enjoy a new challenge. Many cockatiels will even keep themselves occupied for hours talking to the “other bird” in a mirror.
Speech and Vocalizations
Cockatiels vocalize and whistle but are not as loud as some other parrots. By reputation, males have the upper hand for mimicking speech and whistles. However, female cockatiels are no slouch; they are good at mimicry, too. Either sex may repeat sounds from your house, including alarm clocks, phones, and even wild birds outside.
Cockatiel Colors and Markings
The wild cockatiel has a gray body with a yellow face and crest and orange cheek patch. The colors on the face are brighter and more vivid in the male. The female has bars on the underside of the tail feathers.
Bred in captivity for the pet trade, several color mutations developed over the years. The most common variations include:
- Albino: Lack of feather pigmentation
- Lutino: White bird with yellow mask, orange cheeks, and red eyes
- Pied: Typical wild cockatiel colors replaced with a yellow or off-white color
- Pearl, laced, or opaline: Spotting of various colors that creates tiny “pearls” along its feathers