Cockatiels are intelligent, social, companion birds. They are the second most popular pet bird after the parakeet. These elegant looking exotic birds are known for their pumpkin orange cheek patches, bright yellow crests and long sleek tails. Ranging in colors of yellow, gray, and white, cockatiels provide us with companionship, affection and entertainment. By tending to their needs, these charming birds greet us with songs or words when we awaken each morning and amuse us with their antics all day long.
The average lifespan of a pet cockatiel is 15-20 years, but can be as short as 5-6. years with improper nutrition. They need to be talked to, played with and touched. They will solicit attention from people by singing or doing tricks. As sociable flocking birds, they like to eat while the family or anyone else is eating. Because of their ability to mimic sounds, they can be taught to talk and whistle tunes. Their talking is more unclear and muffled than the larger parrots. Both male and females are capable of learning to talk and sing, but males are more vocal.