Cockatiel Care Sheet


About Cockatiels

Cockatiels are among the most popular pet birds. Small parrots with a variety of color patterns and a crest, they are attractive as well as friendly and easy to tame. Because of their small size, cockatiel care and taming is easier than some other parrot species. They are capable of mimicking speech, although they can be difficult to understand. However, they are quite good at whistling and can often be taught to whistle tunes.

Max Size: 12 Inches

Life Span: 12-15 Years

Habitat Requirements for a Cockatiel

A cage approximately 24” x 24” with a variety of size appropriate toys. Toys should vary in shape, color and texture to stimulate the bird’s interest. Rotate toys about every two weeks.

Cockatiel Diet

Specialized pellet diets are highly recommended and should consist of 60-70% of the diet. Use fortified seeds in
moderation as they are higher in fat and less nutritious than pellets. Offer fresh fruits and vegetables.


Avocados, mushrooms, chocolate, alcohol and caffeine. Also, fumes from Teflon cookware.


Clean, fresh water daily.

Cockatiel Signs of Illness

Lack of activity, sitting on the bottom of the cage for extended period of time, a “fluffed”
appearance. If these are observed, take your bird to the vet.

Recommended Supplies

NOTICE: *As with any pet, it is important that you find a veterinarian that practices in the certified care for your animal. This guide is general in nature and should not be used to diagnose your pet.

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