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Do Cockatiels Make Great Pets? All You Need To Know!

Cockatiels are a species of parrot that are commonly kept as pets and companions. They are indigenous to Australia and may also be found worldwide. The average lifespan of a cockatiel is between 12 and 25 years, depending on its nutrition, habitat, and owners' care.

Cockatiels are excellent companion animals due to their intelligence, friendliness, lifespan, ease of reproduction (if hand-raised), and inexpensive cost.

If you are interested in adopting a cockatiel or are simply intrigued about this odd-looking bird, continue reading "Do Cockatiels Make Great Pets? All You Need To Know!" by BestForPets (bestforpets.org).

How to Care for a Cockatiel

Cockatiel care is pretty simple. Yet, like with any other bird, there are some things you must know prior to bringing your new feathered companion home.

Cockatiel Housing Requirements

One of the most important factors to consider while caring for a cockatiel is its habitat. Priority should be given to a cage that is sufficiently sized, with ample perches and space for lounging.

While cockatiels are not often considered “brave” birds, covering the whole height of their enclosure will help them feel more safe.

Cockatiels also require a constant supply of clean water in their enclosure. Hence, you should hang your bird’s food dish as far away as possible from its water dish to prevent it from becoming wet and going rotten.

Also, you should change the water every day to maintain it clean and fresh!

Every day, cockatiels require a significant amount of time outside their cage in order to exercise and expand their wings. Often, a playpen is advised since it makes cleaning up after your bird much simpler.

Feeding a Cockatiel

The diet of a cockatiel is more complex than that of most other pets, but fortunately, there are several resources with thorough information on what to feed your bird. To preserve their health and well-being, it is essential that you supply them with daily fresh food.

In addition to the physical stimulation it receives through daily playtime outside its cage, foraging and foraging toys are fantastic methods to bring cerebral stimulation to your bird.

Cockatiels should not consume fruits, vegetables, and seeds as do other species of birds! As part of a balanced diet, they require grains, pellets (a sort of food), some types of nuts, and seed snacks.

Attention and Entertainment

Keep in mind that cockatiels want daily human engagement as well! This may be as easy as allowing your pet bird to play in the living room or perch at someone’s feet while they work for an hour every day.

Cockatiels are highly sociable and respond well to human attention and engagement.

In addition to the time they spend outside their cage exercising and stretching, cockatiels require a minimum of one hour of engagement every day!

Medical Conditions

Typically, cockatiels are healthy birds. But, if your cockatiel does become ill, you will need to take it to a veterinarian immediately for treatment.

Like with humans, cockatiels are susceptible to gaining weight if they eat too much and don’t move enough. Obesity in birds can lead to a variety of other health issues, so it’s essential to maintain a healthy weight.

Other medical issues to be aware of include:

  • Feather Plucking: Before concluding that your bird is plucking its feathers for no apparent reason, it is important to rule out the possibility that it is suffering from a more serious ailment.
  • Crop Stasis: Cockatiels will stop feeding if they are agitated or under stress. Your veterinarian can assist you determine what is happening.

Do Cockatiels Make Good Pets for Families?

Cockatiels are wonderful family pets, even for young children. However, they may be noisy and untidy, so it is necessary to be prepared before adopting one.

Cockatiels are incredibly loud. They can produce a wide range of loud, high-pitched noises and imitate the sounds of other animals and humans with astonishing precision.

Because they are messy eaters, you should clean your bird’s cage daily to prevent droppings from scattering around (though this is usually not an issue for those who use a playpen).

Cockatiels are low-maintenance pets, but they require daily interaction and care to be content. Those who take the time to care for this gregarious animal, however, will reap substantial rewards!

Do They Get Along With Other Pets?

Cockatiels are highly sociable, meaning they love the company of other animals. You must ensure that your new pet gets along with any cats or dogs already in your home, since they may be territorial and violent.

When introducing your new cockatiel to the family for the first time, it is advisable to begin with supervised engagement. This will allow you to observe their compatibility without exposing either animal to harm or stress!

The secret to successfully introducing your pets is to not force them to interact until they reach a mutual understanding. You want your pets to be on amicable terms, and it’s easier if they can get along on their own!

The Costs of Buying A Cockatiel

Cockatiels are incredibly popular pets since they are affordable and simple to care for. But, this popularity has resulted to a strong demand, which is continuously driving up the price!

The adoption fee for a cockatiel varies based on where it is purchased and the breed. You may anticipate to pay between $50 to $150 for an adult bird, however certain rarer varieties may cost more.

In addition to these fees, there are lesser expenses involved with pet care, such as food (which should not be too rich in sugar or fat), toys, and cage accessories.

Breeding Cockatiels

If you decide to engage in cockatiel breeding, you should be aware that the procedure can be time-consuming and challenging.

The first stage is to progressively introduce your birds to one another over the course of many weeks in order to get them in the mood for mating. In order for them to be in top physical condition, they must also alter their nutrition.

Cockatiels are monogamous, which means they have a lifelong partner. In addition, cockatiels take a very long time to produce offspring, making it quite difficult to breed them in captivity!

The best strategy to guarantee newborn chicks is to allow two healthy adult cockatiels to mate on their own own (without interference).

There is also the possibility that your female cockatiel will lay an egg that you will need to nurture. This is referred to as “fostering.” The chicks should not be handled for at least 12 hours after they have hatched!

Pros And Cons of Owning A Cockatiel As A Pet

There are both advantages and disadvantages to having a cockatiel as a pet.


  • Gorgeous animal
  • It has a broad range of interesting sounds
  • Odd personality characteristics
  • Friendly, sociable creatures that enjoy the company of other family pets
  • Quite simple to maintain


  • Noisy birds
  • Need regular connection and care, otherwise they may become dissatisfied
  • Need a huge cage
  • Expectations are high for its successful reproduction


If you are contemplating adopting a cockatiel, please consider the time and effort required for its care.

As listed in “Do Cockatiels Make Great Pets? All You Need To Know!” by BestForPets (bestforpets.org), this should involve regular cage cleaning and providing enough room for its requirements (which may vary depending on whether or not this is their first bird).

Cockatiels may be highly gregarious creatures who like human and avian companionship; they thrive with at least one companion of their own species. Also, you should study their behaviors so you may proactively prevent problems before they develop!

Read our blog for additional information on how to adopt an awesome pet bird such as a cockatiel. Happy Birding!

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher


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