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Bird Facts

Cockatiel

Scientific Name
Nymphicus hollandicus

Length
12 inches (30cm)

Sexing
Males are usually more brightly colored and more vocal. Females are usually duller and have bars under their tale. In other mutations, such as the white-face, the differences are not so obvious. In these cases characteristics and the size of the pelvic bone or some other method must be used to sex these birds. Remember female have wider pelvic bones than males.

Food
Cockatiels need a good cockatiel seed and a cuttle bone. They also enjoy millet sprays and a few enjoy vegtables. Cockatiels do not usually eat fruit that well, but it worth a try.

Nest Box Specs
We use a 12 in. by 12 in. nestbox with a 3 in. hole.

Incubation
Incubation lasts about 18 days.

Fledging
Birds fledge after about 28 days.

Psittacular notes
Cockatiels are peaceful bird and ver gregious. They make wonderful pets. They are usually very quiet, but love to whistle and few exceptional birds learn to talk. Most are easily tamed. Tame birds are easily trained and almost never bite. The only down side to the cockatiels are that they are dusty. That's ok though because a dusty cockatiel is a healthy cockatiel. I can say with a question they make a good choice for a person's first bird.

More information on cockatiels can be found at: Elsie's Cockatiel Mutations



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