||Almost all of Australia, except for the humid coastal regions.|
Habitat: || Agricultural regions, dry regions, grass steppes, semi-deserts, though always in the vicinity of humid regions.
|Appearance ||Original cockatiel: gamecolour (grey). Now there are many mutations.
|Size ||From head to tail 30–33cm. |
|Tail ||± 15 cm. |
Weight ||From 80 to 100 gramms |
||15-20 years, sometimes older |
||At 9 months. |
|Breeding season || In
Australia: August till December |
|| End of breeding season, one or two feathers throughout the year |
Number of eggs per breeding ||About 4 to 5, sometimes more |
Sequence of laying ||One egg every 2 days |
|Start of breeding
||Mostly after the second egg |
||18 to 21 days |
|Parental care ||About 33 days
- Many plants are poisonous to cockatiels.
- Cockatiels can scream and screech very loudly
- Never buy just 1 cockatiel, always buy two or more as these birds enjoy each other’s company.
- Always try to buy directly from the breeder, who can supply you with a lot of useful information on the bird.
- When the birds are sitting still, hunched up in a corner of the cage, this is often an indication that they’re ill.
- They like to gnaw at things, so supply them with a lot of natural branches. Create a sort of
playground with a lot of things to gnaw at. This will keep them from gnawing at everything in sight in your living quarters.
- They prefer branches from a willow or fruit tree as seating branches.
- With a lot of training, cockatiels will say a few words. Males are often more talkative than females.
- By now, many colour mutations have been bred.