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:

  • Cockatiels generally have friendly, sociable personalities.
  • They can mimic sounds they hear around them, which is cute and entertaining.
  • Cockatiels are super easy to care for.
  • They come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.
  • These beautiful birds have long lives, and can be wonderful companions for many years.

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.

  • Buying a Cockatiel
    Is a cockatiel the right pet for your lifestyle? What do you need to know when choosing a new cockatiel? Get your questions answered in this buying guide.
  • Cockatiel Lifespan
    Wondering how long cockatiels can live? You can find out here, and get some tips for keeping your cockatiel alive and healthy for a long time.
  • Cockatiel Cages
    Discover what you need to know when choosing a cage for your cockatiel. Some cages are better than others, and your bird will thank you for knowing how to choose a good one.
  • Cockatiel Diet
    How do you make sure your cockatiel gets a healthy diet? And why is it important anyway? Now's you chance to become informed about cockatiel food.
  • Cockatiel Toys
    How do you keep your cockatiel happy and entertained? Discover which toys cockatiels go crazy for, which ones are safe for your little friend...and which ones aren't.
  • Cockatiel Behavior
    What does she mean when she does that? Find out how to speak the language of cockatiels, so you really know what's going on in their heads.
  • Cockatiel Taming
    If you want your cockatiel to be hand tame, check out this page to discover the tried and tested methods, as well as some useful tips and tricks to make the whole process easier.
  • Cockatiel Training
    Are you wishing you could get rid of bad behaviors, or maybe train your cockatiel to do some cool tricks? Find out the techniques and training philosophies that can help your little friend become well behaved, and even more fun.
  • Cockatiel Breeding
    Do you want to have some baby cockatiels? Here you can get an understanding of how to breed cockatiels, and how to keep your birds happy and healthy while they do it.
  • Cockatiel Colors
    Have a look at all the beautiful colors that cockatiels can come in, and maybe learn a little something about how they're created.
  • Facts About Cockatiels
    Are you looking for some quick facts about cockatiels, so you can get clued up at top speed? Dive right in and discover something interesting.
  • Sick Cockatiel
    Is your cockatiel sick? How can you tell? And what should you do about it? Discover what you need to know, and look after your little buddy's health.
  • Cockatiel Health
    Are you wondering how you can look after your cockatiel's health? Find out how to keep your little friend in top condtion, and to spot signs of illness.
  • Cockatiel Pictures
    If you're in the mood to enjoy some uplifting pictures of cockatiels, this is the place to be. Browse the images submitted by other visitors, and perhaps share some of your cockatiel pictures.
  • Cockatiel Blog
    Dive inside my mind and get all my musing on cockatiels, with hints, tips, cool products, and bizarre stories. Can you even try to resist that?