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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688 Comments:

  1. Cjc   May 2nd, 2016

    I bought my tiel about a month ago he will get on my finger to get in an out of his cage but doesn’t want anything to do with anyone, as soon as I put him back in his cage he will snap and lunge at me he’ll let me know when he wants out of the cage he flies or walks away from me he hisses and pecks at me but will get on my finger IDK what to do, and trying to pet him is a real big no no

  2. Jo   May 1st, 2016

    I could not believe it as i read this page it was exactly like my 2 munchkins tweet and smokie.
    Thank you for helping me understand my much loved feathered family members.
    Jo

  3. Melissa   April 30th, 2016

    Hi our cockatiel is 9 years old and he favors my husband. in the last few months our bird has become increasingly aggressive to male (human) friends that come to the apartment. He flies to their shoulders and sits there calm as long as they don’t look at him then he starts to bite their ears, and refuses to step-up off of them. Once removed he will fly back until we have the person hide in another room while we re-cage him. The process to get him back to the cage is difficult and he bites and dive bombs my husband and I along the way. We now leave him in the cage when men come over but what is going on? Is it territorial? Hormonal? I am not really sure what to do. I think we should clip his wings but my husband thinks we should re-train but I am not sure how to re-train without some friends of ours getting bit some more in the process. I have never seen a cockatiel behave like this. Do you have any suggestions on how to correct the behavior? He does not react this way to women and it does not matter if he has been around the man before.

  4. Brianna   April 29th, 2016

    Whenever i give my cockatiel neck scritches he makes this odd growling sound. I usually stop scratching him when he does this but then he starts getting upset because i stopped. I dont understand if he is happy or scared.

  5. janet tedford   April 26th, 2016

    me and my boyfriend have two cockatierls name name speckles and angle that seam to love being with my boyfriend more then me oh there was one time thay would let me pet them and hold them now thay will hardly let me do that anymore but thay will sit on my shoulder but when i try to rub angle onthe back of her head she will lass out at me speckles is about the same way why do thay do this

  6. tammy   April 22nd, 2016

    Great advice.everything discussed here made sence.thankyou.

  7. Artemis   April 21st, 2016

    I WAS JUST KIDDNING ABOUT THE THANK YOU!!! HA

  8. Jane   April 21st, 2016

    Mako mermaids 🏊🏼➕🐟

  9. Artemis   April 21st, 2016

    Hello and thank you

  10. Artemis   April 21st, 2016

    THIS DID NOT HELP AT ALL. PUHLEASE! EVEN MY 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CAN SAY WAAAY MORE SMARTER STUFF THAN THAT. AND WITH MORE APPROPRIATE WORD TOO!!!!!!! YOU HAVE A VERY DISGUSTING TONGUE!!! GO **CKING BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN SOMETHING “DOCTER COCKATIEL”!!!! THANK YOU BUT NO THANK YOU!!!!!

  11. Artemis   April 21st, 2016

    SORRY BUT THIS DID NOT HELP AT ALL. I KNOW YOU TRIED BUT I FOUND TONS OF MORE ARTICALS THAT HELPED WAY MORE THAN THIS; AND PLUS SOME WORDS HERE ARE INAPPROPRIATE FOR KIDS. I WOULD NOT LIKE MY CHILD ASKING WHAT THAT WORD MEANS. FIX THIS AND MAYBE I’LL LIKE IT, BUT RIGHT NOW I REALLY DON’T. THANK YOU, BUT NO THANK YOU. BYE 😐

  12. Artemis   April 21st, 2016

    My cockatiel is sooooo cute! I read in one article that the cockatiel usually grinds his/her beak because he/she likes you!!!! How cute!!! Mine does that a lot!!! Anyway… This almost helped me but the other one helped best!!! Anyway thx for trying to help!!! 😄🐦(I couldn’t find any cockatiel emojis)

  13. Lynn   April 21st, 2016

    My cockatiel is making noise that I can’t understand (I think she’s trying to talk) but its a cockatiel language…is there a website you’d recommend to understand it at all?

  14. Chilka Baisil   April 19th, 2016

    my cockatiel refuses to perch on my fingers even after a year.He gets angry and moves away. Can u help me?

  15. Aqudas fatima   April 19th, 2016

    Its a good guide for my cockateil

  16. Michelle   April 16th, 2016

    Our cockatiel has laid an egg. She has no male. Should we let her sit on the egg like she wants to or should we remove it?

  17. margaret   April 11th, 2016

    our 2yr old ,gets in same corner,lifts her bottom in the air and makes this terrible “clucking” noise. Any idea what this means?

  18. Graham A   April 9th, 2016

    would really like a reply to this as I am a bit worried. We have 2 tiels not sure of sex, but one of them goes into a position similar to the one described as heart shaped wings rocks back and forth and the vent is contracting, also so is giving out low soft whistles as it rocks Any ideas please

  19. Wendy   April 8th, 2016

    What first words should you teach your tiel pls ?

  20. SEAN   April 7th, 2016

    YES I HAVE 3 COCKATIELS NEW TO MY LIFE AND ITS A ADVENTURE. THEY MAKE ME LAUGH AND I LOVE THEM .I TREAT THEM GOOD .IM ON THE FIGHTING IF ANY I LEARNED LEAVE THE TV ON AT NIGHT NO SOUND AND LET LIGHT IN SO NO NIGHT THRASHING ,THEY DO THINGS ON PURPOSE ,IF YOU CANT GET YOUR BIRD TO EAT STOFF,CUT IT UP AND PUT IT IN THE FOOD DISPENSER ITS THE BEST MY BELIEF IS YOU SHOULDNT HAVE TO TRAIN A BIRD THEY KNOW WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON.GET THE BIGGEST CAGE U CAN 4 THEM,GET READY FOR CLEANING CAGES SPENDING MONEY ON THEM.AND COVER YOUR STOFF IF YOU LET THEM OUT THATS THE BEST.IM GETTING BED SHEETS .I FEED FRESH BOTTLED WATER THEY DONT DRINK ALOT SO U DONT HAVE TO FILL THE THING FULL.CLEAN WARM BIRDS GOOD.LIGHTS OUT FOR BED SOUNDS DOWN.OR OFF. TV ON FOR LIGHT OR BUY CHEAP LIGHT FROM $ STORE .BE VERY ATTENTIVE ITS HARD BUT ATTENTION GALORE.LEAVE ON TV WHEN LEAVING ROOM NOT BLASTIN ALSO,THEY LIKE THERE TIME.IN MORNING I GIVE THE THE MIRROR ACTION THAT REAL LIFE 4 BIRDS THEN NOT TO MUCH THEY WILL GET ANNOYED ANGY AGRESSIVE IT WILL DRIVE THEM CRAZY SO JUST A LITTLE PLAY WITH IT. CHANGE THE INVORMENT IN THERE LIFE THE BEST THING IS THINK MAN THINK READ LEARN AND USE YOUR HEAD .LIFE IS HAPPENING SO DO WHAT IT DOES.AND DONT GIVE CRAP SALT JUNK THEY DONT CARE ABOUT TREATS,I FEED AS HEALTY AS POSSIBLE AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WAHTS GOING ON.THEY DEPEND ON YOU ALL ANIMALS AND CHILDREN DO AND REMEMBER WEATHER ITS AND ANIMAL OR HUMAN WE DONT KILL ABUSE NO AND BAD PERSON. LOVE YOU WHITE TORNADO SOUND THE ALARM AND HISY.

  21. rob   April 7th, 2016

    Can anyone give a hints for breeding teils

  22. debbie   April 7th, 2016

    Hi, ive had my teil bobby for nearly 14 yrs, he only in cage at night times when he decides it bedtime. Problem is, most of time hes very affectionate with everyone, loves sitting on knees, heads, shoulders as close as he can, So he can sing to you, but past few weeks has started attacking mainly my dad when he stands up. It not all time but it very out of character. Any ideas?

  23. Wendy   April 7th, 2016

    I have a 3month old hand reared cockatiel. His name is Milo . When I pet him him esp on the back he leans forward and makes a quiet chatting sound. He won’t go to anyone else but me and won’t play out of the cage. He just wants to be with me. My budgie is the complete opposite. He is an inquisitive little road runner .

  24. Sue   April 6th, 2016

    My cockatiel has become angry and does not want to come out of the cage

  25. Kristi   April 5th, 2016

    My cockatiel Macy just (yesterday) started “panting” in between chirping and whistling, Macy doesn’t seem to have any difficulty breathing and hasn’t shown any signs of illness. Is this a normal behavior? ‘She’ is about 4 months old.

  26. Helen   April 2nd, 2016

    Jeff, the shoulders up and pacing sounds to me like your tiel wants to come out of the cage. Close the door to the room, open the cage, settle in and wait. Talk to him at the same time. He knows where his food is and will probably go back in after being out a while. All birds are different. When I went to get a bird, she came out of the cage and sat on my shoulder, not allowing anyone to move her from me. I took her home, set up the cage, and let her out. Never a problem. Guess I got lucky.

  27. Ruby   April 2nd, 2016

    Hello. My cockatiel loves coming in the shower with me. Since his last bath, he’s been doing this weird head winding thing. It’s almost like he’s dizzy. He’s been doing it less and less everyday but I’m worried. Do you think he has water in his ear? Any suggestion as to what I should do?

  28. Sandra   April 2nd, 2016

    I have just found a cockeitel n had him for a week he does seam not to eat I have given seeds fruit n Vege but don’t seam to want to eat anything n only a little bit of water how can I help him

  29. Kimi   March 29th, 2016

    My cocktail is 5 months old. His name is jake. When we got him his wings were already clipped. My question is, how often do you need to clip their wings?

  30. Sharon Frost   March 29th, 2016

    Some of this “birdy English” I figured out on my own and some I’ve read about from other sources. But I did learn many things from this article about my ‘tiel’s behavior so we can both lead a nicer life together. My thanks to the author.

  31. Graham   March 27th, 2016

    How can I get my female cockatiel to fly to me from the cage

  32. Sharon   March 27th, 2016

    I just brought home a 12 wk old cockatiel who I have named Chica. She found me in the store and we click perfectly together. She came into our home and fit right in instantly.

    One thing that she does, which I love is that she likes to be cuddled and then coos like a baby. It is the cutest thing. Why does she do this?

    We all love her from Day 1. Teaching her to whistle

  33. Phyllis   March 26th, 2016

    Just brought home my new cockatiel who is 4 1/2 months falls off perch but doesn’t seem to climb back up but wants to. Should I keep putting her back up( by the way squeals and runs everywhere)

  34. Dr. Cockatiel   March 26th, 2016

    Hello Kim,

    If your cockatiel is only 4 weeks old, it’s normal for them to do odd movements/gestures. I’d say the movement your seeing is just what any baby bird does natural… getting used to the world and new environment. They also may show this when babies as a sign of wanting food or still being unsure of the “process” of feeding. Your bird will learn quick, they all do. Take care and thanks for visiting!

  35. Kim U   March 22nd, 2016

    Hi. I have a 4week old baby, I am hand raising. He/she makes this weird movement with its mouth/ throat / tounge area. Is this normal? Its similar to when one would be getting cold. Just fed, and the baby is warm. I hope its not serious.

  36. Bobbiayn   March 19th, 2016

    Jeff, your ‘s cockatiel’s just exploring, but you might want to keep their wings clipped, it’s not a bad thing to clip them it just keeps them from being able to fly very high, but they will be able to fly downwards in case they get in trouble, clipping also helps them become dependent on you and they’ll trust you a little more.

  37. Jeff   March 13th, 2016

    Another thought… Just an outside chance.

    Cockatiel’s bond with people… I understand that. Well? What about well about a well mannered and docile rabbit???

    I don’t want my rabbit walking around on bird poop, does anyone have a solution?

  38. Jeff   March 13th, 2016

    I am not a cockatiel whisperer. I am new to this bird world. This silver and white beauty has only been in its new cage in my house for about 36 hours. I was encouraged to finally see it eating this evening, but it kinda freaked out when I got close to watch… Back and forth on a perch with “shoulders” up… Not screaming… Just whistling a few notes over and over.

    Anyway… I’d love to figure out a way to do all the things right. Seriously, though… What the heck happens when the bird is let out of its cage for the first time and flies all around the house? How in the world am I supposed to deal with that scenario with a 6 month old bird without traumatizing the poor creature? It’s a bird on the loose in my house at that point. It’s gonna fly all over the freaking place and damage itself on walls and mirrors!

    Seriously, I’ve never read any stories about the first time a young cockatiel’s cage was opened or how to get it back inside afterwards.

    Everything I’ve read says that it’s a bad thing to try to grab them… I’m willing to take the cage and all to the vet, but what is she gonna do? Chirp at it and see what it says?