Cockatiel Care

This cockatiel care guide is not only very insightful and informative, but also abundant with great tips that one day might save your bird's life.

Is My Cockatiel Sick?

Tail bobbing, sitting "down on the perch" (crouching over its feet), and sitting on the floor of the cage, is never a good sign.

Cockatiel 101

Tamed cockatiels require a consistent few hours of quality time per day with a person or in a person's company and a good night's sleep in an area with very little noise or distractions.

Male or Female?

With young cockatiels the male and female look the same so it is difficult to decipher their gender until they have been through their first molt at around six to nine months of age. Only then will the adult coloring show.

Cockatiel Screaming

Now cockatiels can get very spoiled, and they can learn very fast how to control you. This is where excessive screaming might take place.

Feather Picking

Feather picking is one of the most controversial and most discussed subjects when it comes to feather care. If your cockatiel is healthy it will take care of its feathers by preening.

Training Tips

It's very important to understand that training a cockatiel takes time and lots of patience. The learning process for a cockatiel is not based in hours or days, but more in months.

Cockatiel Nutrition

The most important factor to consider on your cockatiel's nutrition and diet is variety. Your cockatiel will dictate what it likes and what it dislikes.


It's rare for a cockatiel to be constipated. Most healthy cockatiels will havet about 18 to 26 droppings per day.

Eating Too Much

There are many reasons why your cockatiel might be eating more than usual, but most of the reasons are nothing really to worry about it. Did you know that a cockatiel can also suffer from diabetes?

Too Skinny

If you feel your cockatiel is too skinny but otherwise is alert, happy and healthy, you might want to look into a couple of possible causes.

Too Fat

One of the main issues of a cockatiel being overweight is that sometimes a cockatiel will be fed people's food that are too fatty, like potato chips, sugary treats, cheese or excessive amounts of peanut butter.


Cockatiels have a little storage pouch called the crop. In this little pouch your cockatiel will have semi digested food and other fluids.

Not Eating Much

A cockatiel that is new to its surroundings might be stressed because it's out of its "comfort zone" and familiar surroundings. Give your bird a chance to get accustomed to it's new environment.

Loose Droppings

There are many reasons why your cockatiel might have loose droppings. Just like humans, cockatiels might have a day where they might have eaten too much of something that did not settle well with them.

Eye Issues

There are many issues that might cause problems with your cockatiels eyes. Poor nutrition, an infection or injury are the most common problems.

Getting Bald

Just like humans, cockatiels can also suffer from baldness. It's nothing serious life threatening, that is just how some cockatiels are.


Cockatiels can have abscesses. An abscess is a collection of pus caused by a bacterial or fungus infection and is potentially dangerous.

Breathing Difficulties

Your cockatiel might show breathing difficulties for a variety of reasons. If the weather outside is too hot or your tiel is in a room that is too warm your bird will show signs of breathing difficulties.


Just like humans, cockatiels can also suffer from allergies. Some signs of allergies in cockatiels are wheezy breathing, sneezing a lot, and watery eyes.

Harmful Plants

If you think that your cockatiel may have ingested a potentially poisonous plant or substance, call your avian vet as soon as possible or better yet, just take your bird right away to the vet, as there is no time to waste.

Drinking Too Much Water

Cockatiels can drink about half to one teaspoon of water per day. Environmental temperature, stress, frequent flying, or diarrhea will increase your cockatiel's need for water.


A cockatiel that is lethargic is a sign of a serious underlying decease, and requires immediate veterinarian attention. Birds have a very fast metabolism and time is the essence to get a diagnosis.

Losing Balance

If your cockatiel is showing signs of falling, not being able to perch, or overall weakness, you should seek avian veterinarian attention as soon as possible. A cockatiel that does not perch or loses its balance is a sign of a sick bird.

Feet Problems

Your cockatiel's feet are very delicate and you should watch for any kind of injury or problems. Good exercise, excellent nutrition and a clean environment are key for keeping your cockatiel's feet in top health.

Beak Problems

Your cockatiel's beak is the only and most important tool for a tiel's survival.

Runny Nose

Just like humans Cockatiels can sneeze as well. Some sneezes are just as in humans normal, like maybe some dust in the air, but you should keep a watch if the sneezing is frequent on your cockatiel.

Breeding Issues

Do you have the time to feed each baby cockatiel every 2 to 3 hours?. We do not recommend that you breed cockatiels unless you think you have the time.

Too Many Eggs

From time to time you might encounter a cockatiel that might lay too many eggs even if they don't have a mate.

Cockatiel Hand Feeding

The most important considerations in the hand feeding process are the frequency and volume of feeding. Baby cockatiels grow at an extraordinarily rapid rate and this growth requires a great deal of food.

Night Frights

When your cockatiel gets scared at night and it starts flapping its wings, it's not that your cockatiel is having a bad dream.

Blood Feathers

Blood feathers or pin feathers develop early during the growth of a bird. This type of feather can grow as a new feather during the bird's infancy, or grow to replace one from molting.

Cockatiel Names

Pick from hundreds of names submitted by our visitors on styles and trends in cockatiel names.

Coping with Losing a Pet

The loss of a pet may result in strong emotional experiences and even physical disturbances. Our personalities, along with our emotions, undergo changes.