Cockatiels for Sale
The Cockatiel is a type of Cockatoo that is quite a common sight in the arid interior regions of the Australian continent. They are found throughout the continent, with exception to areas of high humidity associated with the coastal regions. It is easy to see how closely these little birds are related to the cockatoos of Australia with their rounded heads and their fanned head feathers. Cockatiels, often referred to as 'Tiels by those that favor them, can live up to 10 to 15 years with proper care. Like their jumbo cousins the Cockatoos, Cockatiels have the curled head crest that indicates mood and intention. When at ease, it rests flat with just a curl of feather turned upward. When in a state of alarm or when being approached, the Cockatiel erects the feathers and may dance around either in anticipation of being handled or in a sort of playful, mocking way. Uncle Bill's most popular Cockatiel species are Albino, White Face, Grey, and Lutino.
In addition to seeds and pellets, a variety of other foods such as fruits and vegetables can and should be offered regularly to round out the bird's diet. Normally they feed on grass seeds, herbaceous plants, berries, grains and fruits. Sources of whole wheat grains like unsweetened fortified cereals (like "Cheerios"), brown rice, cooked oats, and seeds (like those in commercial non-sunflower based seed mixes) are nutritious; avocado should be avoided entirely, though, as it is toxic to birds.
Minimum cage size for cockatiels is 18x22x18" - 24x24x30". Provide at least 2 perches of varying widths, diameters, and textures for the health of their feet at different heights, and do not place them above food or water bowls. Be sure to provide plenty of toys at all times, a hiding place or hut, T-stand or playpen for out of the cage play time, and the occasional birdbath using either a mist or warm water bath. Use caution when cooking with non-stick Teflon or using aerosols as the gases can be toxic. Cover cage at night for sleeping and to prevent drafts. Cockatiels can also live alone with plenty of interaction, in pairs, or in an aviary as a group.
Are Cockatiels Right for Me?
Since Cockatiels are Parrots and possess the vocal chords that allow for speech, they can practice mimicry with a little effort on the part of the keeper in the form of training; they are actually rather smart and easily trained! They can bond easily with their pet parents, but may take some time to acclimate to regular handling and interaction. Cockatiels require at least one hour or more a day of bonding with their caretaker, or more if housed alone. While they can be great interactive pets and train easily, they do have particular needs for their species and require quite a bit of stimulation for the best of mental health. Please call ahead to the store location you are planning on visiting to confirm that cockatiels for sale will be available.
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Cockatiels for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!