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Cockatiel Fun Facts

Updated on September 12, 2012

Meet Rocky!

In June of 2010, my family and I got a cockatiel and eventually named him Rocky. Since we got him, I've had this fascination for cockatiels and want to share my knowledge with the world.

Just so you have the basics, cockatiels are birds that are native to Australia. They still live in the wild, but are also common house pets. Having a cockatiel as a pet is a huge commitment, but is worth it for most people. Cockatiels are sweet, friendly birds who want attenion and love, and if you give them that (plus things such as food and water), they will become your feathered companion for the rest of their lives.

I find that I do my best writing when it is on cockatiels. So, I will combine my knowldge of cockatiels with the internet's to make this page and help confued people everywhere.

So, I hope that you learn a lot and enjoy!


Cockatiel Habitat and Life Span Fun Facts

Cockatiels are native to AustraliaCockatiels live in the wild and in housesCockatiels live in the hotter parts of AustraliaWhen living in the wild, cockatiels always live near waterCockatiels usually live in pairs or small flocksCockatiels sometimes flock by the hundreds around bodies of water in the wildCockatiels usually live to be about 20 years oldCockatiel's lives can sometimes be as short as 10-15 yearsThe oldest cockatiel on record was 36 years oldsources:The Natural Habitat of a Cockatiel


Scientific Classification of Nymphicus hollandicus (Cockatiels)

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cordata

Class: Aves

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Cacatuidae

Subfamily: Calyptorhynchinae

Genus: Nymphicus

Species: N. hollandicus

Binomial Name: Nymphicus hollandicus


Cockatiel Feathers

Cockatiels like to preen (clean) their feathersThe feathers on a cockatiel's head are called the crest Cockatiels can raise and lower the crest, usually according to how it feelsCockatiel's feathers are usually yellow, gray, pearl, cinnamon, and whiteCockatiels have about 2000-3000 featherssources:Fun and Interesting Cockatiel Facts The Birdie Boutique

Rocky the Cockatiel

Rocky the Cockatiel
Rocky the Cockatiel

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Brief Cockatiel Description

length about 12.8 inches

weight about 2.8 - 4.4 ounces

colors yellow, gray, white, cinnamon, pearl; orange cheek

average lifespan 15-20 years

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Misc. Cockatiel Fun Facts

Cockatiels are the only type of cockatoos that can reproduce at the end of their first year of lifeCockatiels were first discovered in 1770Cockatiels are one of the fastest flying birds in AustrailiaMale Cockatiels make good fathers. When the eggs hatch, they don't abandon the chicks and the mother. They stay and protect the family and even help with nurturing the baby cockatiels.Cockatiels can become very attached to a person if they are the only one to play with them and feed them.Cockatiels can sometimes be trained to talk, mimic noises, or do tricks


Need More Help?

Do you need some more resources regarding cockatiels?

Do you have a cockatiel or are planning to get one and don't know everything there is to know about caring for these birds? No worries, you can find out all that you need right here:

Rocky, my pet Cockatiel: Cockatiel Care Guide

Do you want to buy a cockatiel, but don't know enough to be sure on whether you should get one? Well, this page has basic pros and cons of owning a cockatiel and can help you decide:

Pros and Cons of Cockatiels

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask to me directly? About your cockatiel or other cockatiels or just cockatiels in general? If so, these are great places to find out everything you need:

Cockatiel Q&A & Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two

Do you want to find gift ideas to make your cockatiel the happiest bird ever on special days or just 'cause? Find all of the cockatiel presents they could possibly have on the wish list here:

Gifts for Cockatiels

Do you need more seemingly useless knowledge swimming around in your brain? Well, don't worry, there are plenty more fun fact pages for your viewing:

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Do you have any other suggestions for pages I can make concerning cockatiels and/or fun facts that could help other people? I think that I have covered a lot, but am open to any friendly comments or thoughts. Please leave your thoughts in the Guestbook at the bottom of this page. Thanks!


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