Pet Cockatiel FAQ

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Pet Cockatiel in General


1. Do Cockatiel make good pet?

         Yes. Cockatiel will make a very good pet birds. A tame handfed cockatiel will not bite the owner and like to play.  Some pet cockatiel can be train to perform some trick and talk some word.


2.  How long a cockatiel can live?

         A cockatiel can live up to 20 years on average if the owner provide them with good care and healthy food. The lifespan is different between individual background, but most of them will live very long.


3. How big is Cockatiel?

         A cockatiel has aproximately 30 CM length from head to tail. Half of this will be his tail. Therefore, cockatiel is classified as small parrot category. The medium is like african Grey parrot, Amazon Parrot (or similar size) and larger category is like Macaw and Cockatoos (to name few).


4. Can Cockatiel talk?

         Yes. Cockatiel can talk. Actually, based on my reading, many of the parrot type birds will able to make noice and talked. However, clearity of the voice is depend on the type of parrot. The most inteligence birds known for it talking ability is Africen Grey parrot. The second is said to be Amazon Parrot. However, based on my reading, I believed the second might be Eclectus Parrot.


5. Do Cockatiel make lots of noice?

         Generally cockatiel make some noice. Almost every birds do make some noice. Based on my experience with my cockatiel and other pet parrot, cockatiel can be consider making lesser noice compared to other type of parrot that I have. My male cockatiel is noisier compared to female cockatiel. This is the case of only one pet cockatiel. If you have a flock of cockatiel consist of about 30 and up, the noises that they make may be very disturbing to your neigbour.


Cockatiel Books and Video Tapes from Avian Publications

The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook (Revised Edition) by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein

Avian Medicine: Principles and Application (Abridged Edition) by Dr. Branson Ritchie, Dr. Greg Harrison, Linda Harrison & Dr. Donald W. Zantop

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