COMMON NAMES: Cockatiel, tiel, quarrion (quarrian), weiro (weero)
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nymphicus hollandicus
ADULT SIZE: 12 or 13 inches, weighing between 2 to 4 ounces
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 15 to 20 years with proper care, and sometimes as long as 30 years though this is rare
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.