Complete Cockatiel Bird Language And Behavior Guide

Cockatiel language and behavior can be very complex but with knowledge of some general cockatiel traits and what they mean, you will be able to learn more about your pet birds. We’ll start with the language of the cockatiel crest.

Cockatiels are unique in that, unlike other small birds, they have a crest that can give us clear insight into what’s going on inside their head. The positions of the crest vary from laying flat on the head to sticking straight up in the air.

1. A flat, angry crest. When your cockatiel crest lays flat on the head, it is usually a sign of hostility and often most often when you get to close to your birds cockatiel cage while eating. Of course, even sweet, tame cockatiels like my baby cockatiel Toby (male cockatiel, a little over 6 months old) has moments where the crest will flatten and the inner demon will emerge | it’s totally natural for babies and adults!
2. A relaxed crest at “half mast.” This is a regular crest position for the usual content cockatiel.
3. A relaxed, yet alert crest position. This is a common position for an inquisitive cockatiel.
4. A completely raised crest. Bright red alert! This is a common position for when a cockatiel is startled or otherwise on guard. This often happens when a cockatiel hears a “bump in the night,” or when he hears the voice of another cockatiel that he can’t see. It’s an all-purpose “alert” crest.

The “Rapidfire Bite” Technique:
If your your cockatiel gets little bunchy eyebrows or a flat crest and then starts quickly biting your finger (or as I like to say, playing your finger like a harmonica), he might be a tad miffed at you. Don’t take it personally. It happens with even the best cockatiels.

Skinny Cockatiel:
If your cockatiel suddenly gets very small and “skinny,” it could mean that he has been startled or is scared. It often looks like the cockatiel crops sucked in, and all the feathers lie flat on the body. This is often accompanied by a “red alert” crest.

The Head Bob:
A cockatiel who is bobbing his head often while in it’s bird cage might be trying to tell you a variety of things. In a young or unweaned bird… it is often a sign of hunger. Your cockatiel may be begging for food. In an older cockatiel, it could be a way of showing off or trying to get some attention.

Heart-Shaped Wings:
Also known as “the big chest.” This is when a cockatiel holds his wings slightly away from his sides with his chest sticking out. From the back, the shape of the wings resembles a heart. This is a male cockatiel behavior 90% of the time and is just your cockatiels body language showing off because he likes you. A big chest is a great tool when flirting with cockatiels as a big ripped chest is a great tool with humans and ladies. You should understand how smart your bird is and how much they pick up daily from you, their owner so do not neglect these signs.

The Bowed Head:
If your cockatiel lowers his head and leaves it there, it is most likely an invitation for you to pet his head. This is very cute! A more demanding cockatiel might beak bang a few times before leaving his head stationary if you don’t respond to his demands in a timely fashion.

Ready for Take-Off:

Often, a cockatiel will stoop down low and hold his wings out, still folded, at his sides while fidgeting or moving back and forth. It may look like he is about to take off flying. If your cockatiel’s wings are clipped, then it may mean that he would like to fly somewhere (often toward you) but isn’t confident enough to take off. A flighted cockatiel may also choose to do this if he thinks that you will come and pick him up; it saves him the trouble of actually flying over to you if possible.

Bat Cockatiel:
When given a new cockatiel cage or play gym, when sitting on a tall object, or when near a nesting site, a cockatiel may hold his wings out all the way, often swishing slightly backward and forward. Sometimes, a cockatiel may adopt the same wing position while leaning far forward, sometimes even upside down. This is a sign of “property ownership.” Your cockatiel is saying “This is mine!”

Beak-Banging:
A cockatiel and most birds may often hammer his beak on a hard object, or on you. It almost looks like a pecking motion. This is beak-banging, and it’s a common behavior for male cockatiels. Like other make cockatiel body language, it is a gesture of property ownership. Your cockatiel may be saying “Whatever I’m hammering on is mine!” However, while the Bat Cockatiel is seen in both male and female cockatiel birds, beak banging on your own birds cockatiel cages is a predominantly male behavior once again but females can do it also. There is no known traits that only a male or female can do or shows besides females laying eggs. A male bird or cockatiel can lay eggs but that’s a whole other story and topic lol.

The “Back and Forth” Cockatiel:
Also known as “pacing.” Sometimes, especially when in bird cages, you may see him or her eagerly walking back and forth very quickly, taking only one or two steps to each side while always facing forward. Sometimes he may chirp repeatedly while doing this. Your cockatiels behavior is begging (rather, nagging, begging – whatever you would like to call it) to be let out of his bird cage. The speed of back-and-forth motion often increases exponentially when people are eating in his field of vision.

Beak-Assisted Climbing:
When your cockatiel is climbing onto your finger, he may first grab on with his beak before stepping all the way on. This is normal. He is testing the stability of your finger. This is also often used by cockatiels as a balancing aid.

Beak Grinding:
Usually it is the sound of this motion and not the visual that first attracts our attention. Your cockatiel may grind his upper and lower mandible together, producing a scratchy or “zippy” noise. Your cockatiel is probably content and relaxed, and he might be getting ready for a nap.

In Your Face:
If your cockatiel jumps onto your chest, runs up to your face, and maybe even sticks his beak against your face, he is inviting you to join him in a cuddling session! Take advantage of the opportunity! This move is demonstrated in the video “In Your Face.”

The Head Tilt:
If your cockatiel turns his head sideways and then tilts it up or down, he may be looking at something either above or below him. Because of the positioning of a cockatiel’s eyes, this is the easiest way for them to view certain areas. If you can’t tell what your cockatiel is looking at, it’s possible that he’s staring at his own fluff floating in the air. This head motion may also be done when your cockatiel is listening intently to a sound.

Tail Wagging:
Ever petted your female cockatiel on the back or by the tail and had her “wag her tail” in response? Well, stop it, because you’re turning her on, and she might start to lay eggs!

The Happy Cockatiel Dance:
If your cockatiel gets on top of an object (or backs into an object) and starts rubbing his/her butt back and forth on it, often chirping at the same time, be polite and avert your eyes. Congratulations! Your cockatiel is masturbating hehe. Many cockatiels chirp while doing this.

Backward Head:
If your cockatiel turns his head backward, closes his eyes, and buries his beak in between his feathers, he is all ready to go to sleep. You can also expect him to stand balanced on one foot while doing this.

One Eye Closed, One Eye Opened:
Sometimes, when cuddling with your feathery friend, you might find that he has one eye closed and one eye opened. Most often, it will be the eye facing you that is closed, and the eye facing the rest of the room that is opened. Your cockatiel is relaxed and content, but still alert enough to want to keep a look out.

Puffy!:
Your cockatiel may occasionally puff out all his feathers, often accompanied by a brief dog-like shake. Your cockatiel is just fixing up his feathers. This is often done during preening. However, if your cockatiel remains puffed for long periods of time (and might also sit at the bottom of the cage), he might very well be sick, and he should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Repeated Yawning:
Often after preening, a cockatiel may yawn over and over again. It could be that he’s readjusting his crop or that he’s gotten a bit of down stuck in his throat. Either way, it’s normal. They also yawn when they are tired or after waking up from a nap.

The Head Shake:
You may occasionally see your cockatiel rapidly shaking his head for a moment. if done while eating, it could mean that the food has a surprising taste, temperature, or moisture level. If done when listening to a sound, it could mean that it’s a tad too loud or sharp or high-pitched, or just that it’s an interesting sound.

The “Roll Head Magic Trick”:
While preening, you may see your cockatiel wiping or rolling his head on his lower back, or occasionally inside his wing. If you own or owned a cockatiel, I’m sure you even saw the 180-degree head twist which looks like a trick right out of the old magic book. You’ll If you feel the lower back area, you will find that it is very powdery. A cockatiel performing the “Roll Head” is simply distributing all these oils and powders to the feathers on his head… almost like human hair conditioner.

THE FAMOUS COCKATIEL Bathroom Time Stance:
If your cockatiel stoops down low and gets slightly puffy, it could mean that he is about to go to the bathroom. Hurry and get a napkin because BOMBS AWAY! Once you recognize this famous poop stance, it will become much easier to prevent accidents on yourself, the floor and even train your cockatiel to go to the bathroom on command or in certain areas only (such as his cage or playstand only).

Bath Time Puffiness:
While taking a shower or bath, or while getting misted, a cockatiel might become extremely puffy, raise both his wings up away from his side, lean forward, and sway all around. This means that he is enjoying his bath!

Shower Time Trance:
When in the shower, your cockatiel might close his eyes and zone out for awhile, as if he is sleeping. Again, this is a sign that he is enjoying his shower.

Nose Picker:
Occasionally, your cockatiel might stick his toenail up his nose and then sneeze. What an undignified cockatiel! Nah, he’s just attempting to clear out his nasal passages. It’s perfectly normal so don’t be alarmed.

Puffy Face:
While listening to a sound, your cockatiel’s face and/or cheek patches may become slightly puffy. This is often a sign that he likes what he’s hearing, or that he is interested in the sound. Toby often gets puffy cheeks while listening to sounds that he later ends up repeating.

Strrreeeetcchhh (haha I like to emphasize the term stretch):
If your cockatiel raises both his wings above his back, usually leaving them folded, he is stretching.

Superman Ice Skater:
Your cockatiel may extend one foot and one wing behind him, often while fanning his tail. This is another way for your cockatiel to stretch.

Mating:
If you have multiple cockatiels, it is possible that you will observe mating. If you have a male and female, this could of course lead to breeding which is not appropriate for everyone. It is also possible to observe mounting if you have a same sex pair since it is far from uncommon for cockatiels to bond to one another regardless of sex. Mating will not always lead to eggs (young females, older females might have a harder time to conceive an egg and obviously a same sex male pair won’t have eggs – ever!).

Crushes:
It is quite frequent for cockatiels to develop crushes on other animals (i.e another cockatiel) or even on other people. Usually, you’ll notice that your cockatiel is acting hormonal around that person (ie protective, displaying, singing etc.). The cockatiel might even try to mate with the chosen object of desire. The male will rub his vent on the object whereas the female will lift her tail and kind of arch her head back and make faint whistling sounds. Crushes might go away or persist, it usually won’t persist if the object of desire is removed. If your cockatiel develops a crush on someone else than you, even if you are the primary care taker, don’t take it as a sign that your cockatiel doesn’t love you… he just doesn’t love you “that” way!

Flock Calling:
In the wild, most cockatiels live in large groups called a flock. In captivity, you and your family are your cockatiels flock, which is why it is important to frequently interact with your cockatiels as you are his social group. In the wild, cockatiels of a same group are not always within sight of each other so they will call to each other to keep track of each others positions. Think of it as a way to verify that all your family is safe and sound. The bird calling usually consist in a high pitched whistle repeated until the caller is satisfied that all of his flock has answered. You can answer your cockatiel by whistling back so he knows that you are there, safe and by extension so is he. If you have multiple cockatiels, they will call to each other in the morning to verify that everyone got through the night alright, they will also call to each other if they are in separated rooms. Be careful, however, as there is a difference between flock bird calling and a behavioral screaming for attention problem. A cockatiel whose flock answers will stop calling after a few whistles, faster if you answer the cockatiel | An attention screamer will just go on screaming for ever until you show up in the room and care for them.

Hissing:
Think of a cat hiss when it’s scared or unhappy, the same applies to cockatiels. If your cockatiel doesn’t want to come out of the cage, doesn’t want to be petted, doesn’t want anything to do with that new $15 toy you put in his cage chances are he’ll let you know by either hissing at you or at the object that is causing him to be scared or mad. If you have multiple cockatiels, they can also keep each other at bay by hissing at one another – this is a simple “don’t get in my personal space!” message to other birds. It’s a mean of intimidation for the cockatiels and they usually fluff up their feathers, open their wings in order to pretend to be bigger and stronger than they really are to scare the potential threat away.

Regurgitating:
This is not to be confused with vomiting which is actually a sign of illness. Regurgitating is the act where the cockatiel empties the food from his crop onto someone, another cockatiel or a toy which they are bonded with. Parents also regurgitate food into their babies crop in order to feed them. If your cockatiel regurgitate on you it is a sign that he is very much bonded to you and he’s trying to feed you. Sadly, cockatiels do not comprehend that we might not want to eat their gift.

Acting out Fear and Aggressions:
Cockatiels who have been abused in the past, either by a mate or an owner can act out fear and aggressions on their toys or new feathery friends. This rarely happens in baby cockatiels gotten from breeders or reputable stores, but if you got your cockatiel from a rescue or from someone out of the classifieds it’s possible to observe this behavior. Keep in mind that not all rescue and classified cockatiels were abused, but there’s more chances of a shady past. If you notice that your cockatiel is aggressive toward other cockatiels it will be important to cage him/her alone, it will help reduce the stress for all your cockatiels and yourself. Time, patience and love will be required to work through this and eventually your cockatiel will feel more confident and safe around you and will settle down.

Congratulations on making it to the end and you can now say you’ve completed the cockatiel bird crash course on body language and behavior, hehe. I hope you all enjoyed it and that it was able to answer any questions you may of had about your loving pet! Please comment or send me any stories or information on your cockatiel if you have anything else to add. I enjoy pictures and am always interested in story’s that are bird related.

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644 Comments:

  1. Lolita   February 11th, 2016

    my male cockatiel has eaten through 2 wooden playpens this year! is this normal? do they sell non eatable playpens? he also eats his food using his foot
    and he jumps from perch to perch. is this natural behavior

  2. Noor   February 10th, 2016

    Hi, I’ve had my cockateil Chika for almost a year and recently she’s been acting very aggressive she doesn’t like her coming near her most of the time. She’s always trying to sleep and she screams constantly for no reason. We took her to the vet they said she was healthy but gave her antibiotic just in case. She’s sometimes cute and comes to me and most times she’s ready to attack. Is this normal hormonal behaviour and will it pass??

  3. Maureen   January 30th, 2016

    I thought the information was very helpful because it told me some things I didn’t know about cockatiels and I had mine for six years.

  4. richey   January 24th, 2016

    I bought my cockatiel 4weeks ago nd I was told he was 16 weeks I still can’t really get close to him he comes out of his cage and sleeps on the curtain pole but goes back when he’s hungry. How do I gain trust for him to come to me

  5. Huzaif   January 23rd, 2016

    what does it mean when 2 coakatail fights

  6. mamdouh   January 20th, 2016

    can i ask about my 4 month BOBO ,
    when i will get him whistling … i always keep a recorder beside them with whistling sound but still no whistle or interest .
    also i am always repeat his name and shake my head up down and tik tik by mouth .
    but still not get any response … is it normal ?
    thanks

  7. ann   January 19th, 2016

    Don’t be afraid of your small new found friend. I knew nothing about birds. I read small books about bird behavior and nutritional needs. I wanted to give my cockatiel everything he needed. I actually chop up egg whites and raw broccoli crowns for him (different times beside dry food), which he loves. He likes low fat white american cheese also. Experiment, he or she will let you what they like . Lettuce also. Experiment .

  8. Patrice   January 18th, 2016

    hello. I bought Chip on Saturday…he had me as soon as he was whistling and jumping around the cage with the other teils he was with, he was even whistling in the box on the way home in the car. I am concerned because he hasnt said one whistle since we got him home, only swauking, and even tries to bite us whenwe ick him up, (not all the time), he also hissess at the dog, lol. I have budgies on the other side of the room that have been constantling singing since I brought Chip home lol. Do you think he is okay..he is in perfect feather and eating great. Thank you :)

  9. Ann   January 18th, 2016

    Our cockatiel has been with us for over 25 years. And he still looks the same as he did when he landed on my shoulder in a park looking for support and kindness. He lives outside of his cozy cage as soon as the sun rises. Thanks for your input. I go back to it for help. I have learned a lot.

  10. Rezan   January 17th, 2016

    Oh this was important :) Thanks aloot <3 Now i will understand my little gentleman Achelous even more ^^

  11. Ronda   January 14th, 2016

    I have two cockatiels, they have been together for more then a year, they always seemed to get along, but for the past couple of weeks they have been fighting, this morning I find my females face bloody, I’m at a loss what should I do, or what might be wrong.

  12. Kandi K   January 13th, 2016

    Thanks so much for sharing all this important Information. I now know how to understand and relate to my new Cockatiel.

  13. 5143277788   January 9th, 2016

    ugly

  14. Cathy   January 5th, 2016

    Our 1 yr old male cockatiel has suddenly started roosting in a bottom corner of his cage. If you approach he will come running out all hissy like it’s a territorial thing. Prior to this he was always found on his heated perch. I checked the temperature on it and that hasn’t changed. What’s up?

  15. Dave   January 5th, 2016

    I have a Question, what can I do to get my Tiel to let me pick him up or have him get up on my finger, or what kind of food do they like to be spoiled with, also he is around 7 yrs old and still does not let me pick him up I’m trying hard though what should I do!!! I really want to hold him and let him out of his cage

  16. Eowyn   December 27th, 2015

    Hello!

    I bought a cocaktiel on Saturday and though I am not new to birds, he is my first cockatiel. (His name is Rochester). He’s still young, about 3 months, and is working on adapting to our home. I have been trying to handle him often, let him sit on me during TV or lunch time, etc. and I was wondering…if he is hissing at me, how much should I let that dictate when I take him out? I can’t let him stay there every time he hisses or he would be in there forever!

  17. Theresa Carlson   December 27th, 2015

    I got two cockatiels from a friend and on is pearl and the other is grey. The pearl is making the female mating call but the grey will get close to the pearl but not do anything. I was told they were both males but well the pearl has been showing signs of a female. I put a nesting box in the bottom if the cage the grey will go in the box for a while then the pearl will go in after the grey gets out. Question is does this mean I have a male and female? I was told they are only 2 years old. They groom eachother all the time.

  18. Wendy   December 15th, 2015

    This really helped me a lot in understanding what the different mannerisms my cockatiel displays actually mean. I just got him 3 days ago from a lady who says she is allergic to him. We are still getting to know each other so there is still a lot of hissing going on. On the upside its not as much as when he first came home.

  19. Cindy Cochrane   December 11th, 2015

    Please help!! My male cockatiel is trying to to mate with one of his five week old babies..is this common? I have removed him to a cage right beside his female and the babies..I really hate to separate him because he was such an awesome dad..if it wasnt for him..they would have never have had live chicks..please help if you can..thank you

  20. rich   December 9th, 2015

    I my self have a cockatiel named zuse he love my friend every time she is here to visit he misses her tells her she’s pretty and gets very upset when she levee
    Needless to say he also eats when I eat it’s funny how a brie can be so human

  21. Anonymous   December 7th, 2015

    My formerly sweet make cockatiel has suddenly turned aggressive! He will lunge and bite hard, repeatedly especially in his cage, but also when out of the cage too. He will still come up to my face for a cuddle and head scratches though. He is a lot more vocal, and had recently started masturbating too. I don’t know if I should leave him alone, or not back back down and reprimand him. Please help! I don’t want to do further damage to our relationship!!

  22. audrianna   November 25th, 2015

    Fyi. I trained my birds not to masturbate on ppl by caging them when they start the tail rubbing. They each have their own toy they chose in their cage. I let them enjoy but not on ppl. I have heard you can train to eliminate this behavior. I don’t see the point as long as they are not on ppl

  23. audrianna   November 25th, 2015

    I love your writing. It glorifies cockatiel behavior really well. I have two males that have lived together for ten years so it is great to see that their behavior matches up. Keep up the good work.

  24. Cynthia Pentecost   November 19th, 2015

    I put a box at the bottom of my cockatiels cage. He started going in and out of it. Now I noticed that he spends Most of his time inside it. Sometimes I hear him chirping away. Why does he do this? Can he lay eggs if he spends enough time in the box?

  25. Cynthia Pentecost   November 19th, 2015

    Hi, I have a male cockatiel. I noticed that when ever I would take him out of the cage he would get on my hand and start mastrubaiting. After he finished he will climb up my chest and press his beak to my lips and start singing. He also mastrubates in his cage. I was wondering does he think of me as his mate?

  26. A   November 17th, 2015

    Hello! This was a nice thing. Is it bad that Click (my male cockatiel) wont hiss? I mean… he probably does, just not around me, haha. It probably isn’t. Also, he does that bat thing with his wings, it’s so adorable!! Also, another thing about him is that he can hang upside down!! Haha.

  27. Donna   November 14th, 2015

    Just now. Heard a. Flapping in. My. Far. It. Sbased the. Apap out of. Me. On. 11-12-15

  28. jennifer rose hall   November 13th, 2015

    hi my name is jennifer rose hall and my coctail thowing his head back what make him do that

  29. Brandy   November 9th, 2015

    THIS was very helpful I have a 2 year old female Lola… my Dad recently moved in AND she starting chirping more often THEN usual… flying soaring around NOW landing on my dad IT seems SHE HAS developed a Crush….

  30. tahir   November 5th, 2015

    i got 1 male cockateil baby, now 1 year old he was alone now i kep 1 female cockatiel with him for 7 months .. but they r not getting along each others, always biting n fighting each others, and what i notice my male cockatiel doing some sexual acts alone on pillow, and in the cage too :) … lol …

    tell me what is the solution … how they can love each others ?

  31. Kathy Billings   November 3rd, 2015

    Love this i learned a lot.

  32. Melly   November 1st, 2015

    Thank you! I loved your article :) Some of it I had learned over the past few days, but much of it was very helpful.

    I bought my darling cockatiel (Chine) just a few days ago from a breeder. Chine is only 7 weeks old, but there was no real stress in the situation for him/her. Chine was eatting within two hours of coming home and sitting on my shoulder and lap, grinding and pooing away by that night. :) Chine already knows how to do “kisses” haha.

    Today I went out for a number of hours and had to leave Chine at home, I have been home a few hours now and he/she, although grooming it’s self on my should, still feels the need to spit in my face -.- I am taking that as in Chine is rather pissed off at me currently? lol

    I wish I knew how to submit a picture, because Chine really is such a beautiful bird, so cheeky and beautiful.

  33. Karina   October 30th, 2015

    Hi i have a pair of cockatiels and they are not tamed but the female is more calm around me than the male. Recently they had a chick, he is 5 weeks old now and he loves me because i had to assist feed him :) I had him on my shoulder and then the mom flew over and landed on my head. She never purposely even went near me.. so I was wondering if it was a good sign or was she trying to tell me to stay away from her baby.. ?

  34. Sharad   October 22nd, 2015

    This topic is nicely described to understand it easily.

  35. Chris K   October 20th, 2015

    Dear Dr. Cockatiel,

    We’ve had our bird, Pepito (“Pepi”) In our family for 17 1/2 to almost 18 years now! And he was anout 1 when when my parents got him so do the math :) I’ve been very concerned about the amount of sleep he’s gotten over the years, especially over the past few years. My parents moved into a town home 9 years ago and they still take care of him. The problem is the limited space in the townhouse. Practically the only spot for the bird and his cage is just to the right of the television. Now like I said he’s about 18 years old so he’s definitely used to the sound of the TV Which is held in the entertainment center but recently they got a flat screen TV that hae speakers that fire downward So the sound also travels to the back of the entertainment system in right next to his cage. When I visit my parents, I can hear him hitting the side of his cage as he’s annoyed of the TV sound. My dad sometimes stays up till 2 o’clock in the morning and then the Sun comes in at 6:30 a.m. which means that he’s only gotten four and a half hours of darkness. The cage is covered by a light blanket and always has been. He’s covered at about 8 o’clock at night but then there is TV noise and conversation all the way till sometimes 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning. I always worry about him. Do you think that he’s gotten used to the sound of the television and is actually sleeping some of this time? My parents say it’s fine and they come from up during the day for him to take naps but what should I suggest to my parents and do you think he’s getting enough rest? Thank you very much

  36. Gail   October 14th, 2015

    I have male cockateil, it’s a year old it’s not trained it won’t let me train it, it comes from a aviary full of cockatiels I would like to introduce it to a cockateil that’s tamed. Is this possible?

  37. Sylvia   October 12th, 2015

    Storm is 3 months old and I got he on 10/8/15. She was jest pacing one side of the cage. But her wings are not cliped so I don’t now wat to do?

  38. Debbie   October 10th, 2015

    My little girl laid some eggs now she eating bricks I’ve put shell grit in food but still after the bricks. What does this mean.

  39. jackie   October 8th, 2015

    My cockatiel freaked out the other day lost all the feathers on her head and it looks like she was scalped! Idk what happened she was standing by the couch I was vacuuming the other side of the couch and she freaks out. Idk if my dog stepped on her or what but I don’t think her feathers are going to grow back on the top of her head. Her neck lost feathers too. But her head looks I’m looking at a slick scab. You can see where her neck feathers were but not on the top of the head. Her personality hasn’t changed she still goes in and out of her cage as she pleases but idk what happened to her head or if it’ll grow back.

  40. Penny Winstanley   October 8th, 2015

    Sorry.. Pepper is male.

  41. Penny Winstanley   October 8th, 2015

    Hi, thank you for the above info, very informative. I have a 3 year old male cockatiel and a year and half female ringneck, pepper (cockatiel) has received a few nips from Shaka, and now she has given in to Shaka by letting her share seed and treat dishes, when I touch her seed dish, she rushes down to nip me! but gives way to Shaka all the time, has Shaka taught Pepper that she is the boss and now he has let her get his own way, even to the point Shaka will not even let poor Pepper sit on my shoulder unless I remove her from the room. I have taught Shaka the words be nice and sometimes it works but most times it doesnt, talk about disobedience! is this normal?

  42. Wee   October 8th, 2015

    Your article is wonderful , it helped me a lot in the beginning while taming my normal grey male cockatiel. I recently adopted a cinnamon cockatiel from a pet store and the pet store owner said that it was a girl . His face is a bit dull yellow than my normal male , has a very few yellow spots on the dorsal part of the tail feather edges and no horizontal bars either on the underside of tail or wing feathers. Do I have a male or a female ?

  43. Michelle   October 5th, 2015

    My cocktail is biting along the cage bars, at times ending up horizontal! Does anyone any idea why?

  44. Krissy   October 3rd, 2015

    My cockatiel died about a week ago ! I had him for 24 years, His roomate is saden by the loss of his best friend. My son bought me a baby cockatiel 2 months old, well he heard him for the first time in a few days and now he calls out to him, how soon should I wait before I introduce him ? I have him in a cage seperate from my older one My older one hears him chirpping and is eger to meet him, what should I do?