Welcome to Your Cockatiel Care Guide
Do You Already Adore Cockatiels?
They say that if you read Book of Deuteronomy five times you’ll become a Jew. I don’t know about that, but all it takes is one encounter with a cockatiel to fall in love with these charming birds. Cockatiels are sociable and lively characters, who love to play and get up to mischief.
As early as 1840, people were shipping cockatiels from Australia to Europe, so that they could keep them as pets, or admire them in zoos. Soon after this people figured out how to successfully breed cockatiels in captivity - it’s actually very easy – and they’ve been popular pets ever since.
5 Reasons to Love Cockatiels
Every cockatiel has its own personality, but generally these adorable birds love to play and interact with people, and will often seek you out for a bit of head scratching – once they trust you – and will even perch on you while they take a nap, if you’re sitting still.
One thing that cockatiels are famous for is their ability to mimic sounds. A quick search on youtube will bring up hundreds of videos of cockatiels singing songs and mimicking other sounds they often hear. It’s the males who mimic most often, because it’s part of their courtship display, but females will do it from time to time as well.
Something that comes as a relief to any pet owner, is when their little, loved one is easy to take care of. And caring for a cockatiel is really easy, so they make ideal first birds or first pets in general. All they need is some food, some water, and some social interaction – and of course, they need a little TLC if they get sick, but who doesn’t?
And since cockatiels were first brought to Europe, a wide variety of color mutations have popped up, some by accident, and some by deliberate breeding. This means that you’re sure to find a cockatiel that you think is really beautiful.
After you’ve chosen the most beautiful member of your family, they’ll be around for a long time. Cockatiels have a lifespan of 15-30 years in captivity, depending on luck and how well they’re cared for. That means you can enjoy their company for a long time. And you’ll probably never have to explain that they’ve gone to live on a nice farm.
To sum up:
Come On, What’s The Catch?
For cockatiels, there aren’t any specific downsides that I can see. The only negatives are the ones that come with having any pet. You have to be able and willing to commit the time to looking after them, and you have to be able to afford it – especially emergency vet bills.
But, if you’re willing to take on the responsibility, then it’s practically guaranteed that a cockatiel will enrich your life, and give you many wonderful years of happiness. Not a bad deal for the price of some bird food, is it?
Okay, I’m Hooked, What Now?
I’ve put together this website to share everything you need to know about cockatiel care, and about these beautiful birds in general. All you have to do is follow your curiosity around the articles here, and you’ll be a cockatiel expert in no time.