One of the most beautiful, intelligent and social pet birds is the Cockatiel Bird . It is an exotic and elegant looking bird which is quite popular for the bright orange patches on their cheeks. It is also known by the names of weiro and quarrion. It belongs to the family of cockatoo. The main Cockatiel origin is in Australia and it is considered to be a very prized household pets throughout the world. They are relatively very easy to breed also than that of the other exotic birds.
Description of This Bird
The Cockatiel bird looks awesome and elegant with the regal yellow crests and those pumpkin orange patches on the cheeks. You cannot even miss to appreciate the beautiful, long and sleek tail feathers which add a totally different beauty to its entire look. The total measurement of this bird from the tip of its beak to the tip of the tail varies from 10 inches to 14 inches. It can weigh between 80 grams to 120 grams.
This Cockatiel bird is very charming, captivating and friendly in nature. It greet people with utmost enthusiasm and affection every morning. It is a delightful bird to have and pet.
They are very gentle and social if approached in a non-threatening and non-aggressive way. You often have to play, touch and talk to it if you want it to stay happy and lively. In captivity the yellow Cockatiel can generally live for about 16 to 25 years depending on various factors.
But sometimes they can also live for a shorter span of time which is 10 to 15 years. Even there are some reports that cockatiel can live for as long as 35 years too. The oldest one which confirmed till date is 36 years old. The lifespan of this bird is largely dependent on exercises as well as Cockatiel food.
What Do Cockatiels Eat?
You have to make sure that the bird gets sufficient amount of foods so that they can lead a healthy life and live for as long as possible. The Cockatiel food mainly comprises of veggies like broccoli, spinach, sprouts, corn, dried tomatoes, beet greens, Bok choy, pumpkins, sweet potato, grated carrots and yams.
Cockatiel loves to eat sweet potato, pumpkins and yams when they are cooked. This bird is not a big fruit eater but the Australian Cockatiel can be offered with some exotic fruits like cherries, strawberries, apricots, pineapples, peaches etc.
The Cockatiel origin can be traced in Australia. They originated at the coasts of Australia. They are largely found in the semiarid and arid regions. In Australia, they like to live close to water. They are highly nomadic in nature and thus they move to the places where they can find water and foods easily.
But they have very well adapted to the dry climate of the inland. You can find them largely spreading over Australia excluding the coasts and Tasmania. They are a fast flyer and can fly at a speed of 70 km per hour. So, it is easier for them to travel long distances in search of some food and water.
They prefer dead trees to live on as they can easily camouflage there.
Entertaining in Nature
The Australian Cockatiel birds are very entertaining in nature and thus people love to pet them. You will love to watch them bathe, eat, stretch the wings and even play with toys. Since they have a great ability to vocalize, they are often trained and taught to talk. They can easily mimic sounds and copy the whistle tunes too.
Though the words are not that clear of the Cockatiel bird, you will find it extremely entertaining and pleasant to hear. Male cockatiel can talk better than that of the females. If you can provide proper training to them, it will keep them active and happy.
The color of the Cockatiel bird may differ a bit. You can find both grey and yellow Cockatiel birds. Different colors of birds found in different parts of the world. If you want to pet them, then make sure that you are providing them proper care, Cockatiel food and training. Since, they are highly enthusiastic and active bird if you do not play or talk to them, they will not live a happy and healthy life for long.