Do Cockatiels Make Great Pets?

Do Cockatiels Make Great Pets?

Cockatiels, a parrot species that is very popular as a companion and household pet, are one example. Cockatiels are native to Australia, but can also be found around the globe. Cockatiels can live from 12 to 25 years, depending on how well they are cared for and what their environment is like.

Cockatiels are great pets as they possess many desirable qualities such as intelligence, sociability, and longevity. They can also be easily bred (if hand-raised) and are affordable.

You can learn more about the cockatiel by reading on.

How to Care for a Cockatiel

Caring for a cockatiel is relatively easy. However, just as with any other bird, there are certain things you need to know before bringing your winged friend home.

cockatiel bird_Jenifer Kramer, Pixabay
Image Credit: Jenifer Kramer, Pixabay

Cockatiel Housing Requirements

When caring for a cockatiel, one of the most important things you should consider is where it will be placed. You should make sure your cage is large enough with plenty of perches and places to hang out. Because Cockatiels don’t consider themselves to be brave, it is important that their entire enclosure is covered.

Cockatiels need plenty of fresh water at all times. To prevent your bird’s food from getting moldy, hang it as far as you can away from the water dish. To keep your water fresh, make sure you change it every day!

Cockatiels require a lot of exercise outside their cage each day to stretch their wings and get out of their cages. It is recommended that you have a playpen for your bird to make cleaning up easier.

Cockatiel feeding

Although the diet for a cockatiel can be more complex than other pets, there are many resources that provide detailed information on what to feed your bird. We can only advise you to ensure your bird is getting fresh food each day.

You can also provide mental stimulation to your bird by foraging and playing with toys.

Cockatiels shouldn’t eat fruits, vegetables and seeds as other birds do. Cockatiels need to eat grains, pellets (a kind of food), certain types of nuts and snack foods as part of their healthy diet.

feeding a cockatiel
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Attention and Entertainment

Remember that cockatiels also need to interact with humans every day! It can be as easy as letting your bird go out of its cage every day for an hour to play in the living area or sit at someone’s feet when they are working.

Cockatiels can be social animals and will respond to human attention. Cockatiels require at least one hour of social interaction each day, in addition to their time outside exercising and stretching.


Cockatiels are generally healthy birds. If your cockatiel becomes sick, it’s best to get it to a vet as soon as possible.

Cockatiels can easily become overweight just as humans can overeat and get too little exercise. Obesity can cause a host of health problems in birds, so it is important to control your bird’s weight.

Do Cockatiels Make Good Pets for Families?

Cockatiels are great pets for families with small children, especially if you have young ones. Cockatiels can be loud and messy so make sure you understand what you are getting into before you adopt one.

Cockatiels can be very loud. Cockatiels can make loud, high-pitched noises and mimic human voices with astonishing accuracy.

They are messy eaters so you need to clean their cage every day.

Although they are easy-cared for, Cockatiels require daily interaction to be happy. Cockatiels are a social animal that can be very rewarding if you take the time to look after them.

Are they able to get along with other pets?

Cockatiels enjoy being with other pets and are social animals. It is important to remember that Cockatiels can be territorial or aggressive so make sure they get along with other pets in the house.

It’s a smart idea to begin supervised interaction with your pet cockatiel when you first introduce them to the family. You can observe how they interact without putting them at risk of injury or stress.

When introducing pets, it is important to remember that they don’t have to be comfortable with each other until you reach a mutual understanding. It’s important to establish friendly relationships with your pets.

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Image Credit: Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH, Shutterstock

Costs to Buy a Cockatiel

Because they are easy to take care of and affordable, Cockatiels have become a very popular pet. However, their popularity has also led to an increase in price.

Costs to adopt a cockatiel depend on the breed and where it is purchased. An adult bird will cost you between $50 and $150, but some rarer breeds may be more expensive.

These costs are not the only expenses. Caring for your pet can also be expensive. There are smaller expenses such as food, toys, and accessories.

Breeding Cockatiels

It is important to remember that cockatiel breeding can be time-consuming and challenging if you make the decision to pursue it.

Your first step is to get your bird ready for mating. This can be done by gradually introducing them over several weeks. You will need to change their diet so that they are in peak physical condition.

Monogamous birds, cockatiels mate for their entire lives. Cockatiels are monogamous, meaning they take a long time for their offspring to develop, making it difficult to keep them in captivity.

Allowing two healthy adult cockatiels to mate naturally is the best way to make sure you get baby chicks

There is also the possibility that your female cockatiel may lay an egg, which you will need to incubate. This is called “fostering” and it’s best to not handle the chicks for more than 12 hours after they hatch.

There are pros and cons to owning a Cockatiel as a pet

There are pros and cons to having a cockatiel for a pet.

Last Thoughts

Consider the effort and time it will take to care for your cockatiel. You will need to provide adequate space for your bird’s needs and daily cage cleaning (which could vary depending on whether this is the first time they have been adopted).

Cockatiels are social creatures that love attention from other birds. They do well with at least one of their species. It is important to learn about their habits so that you can prevent future problems.

Our blog section contains more information about how to adopt an incredible pet bird such as a cockatiel. Happy birding!


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