Chirper : Cockatiel

The cockatiel originates from the arid centre of Australia and is found in abundance throughout this region. These intelligent birds are highly popular as pets because they are easy to train and have a good talking ability. Cockatiels make especially good pets for young children who are interested in birds. They have a very relaxed and friendly nature when hand reared and can learn to talk in no time at all. It is always best to select a male hand reared bird. Female cockatiels are less suitable as pets because they are especially prone to excessive egg-laying activity and then egg binding.


The Cockatiel, also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, is a parrot endemic to Australia. They are prized as a household pet and companion parrot throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed.







Cockatiel
(Nymphicus hollandicus)
Size : 30 cm in length
Pet Status : Excellent
Talking Ability : Males - good, Females - poor.
Noise Level : Moderate to high
Lifespan : 15 years
Breeding Ability : Excellent
Number of Eggs : 4-7 eggs
Incubation : 19 days
Compatibility with other species: Good
Feeding : Seed and Fruit eaters
Sexing : A bright orange cheek patch invariably indicates a male bird. Head of the cock is predominantly yellow and that of the hen is usually grey.