||Small, up to 13 inches
||20 to 30 years
||Low; although known for its long and sometimes loud whistle.
|Trick / Talking Ability:
||Low; can learn a few words, typically the males only. Great whistlers
||Sweet, mild-mannered birds that enjoy cuddling, but can be territorial.
Males tend to be more adventurous and independent and females more
|Behavior / Health Concerns:
||Can be prone to night thrashing, which can be reduced with a night light.
When annoyed, a cockatiel will sometimes hiss to show its anger, even
at its beloved owner. To avoid this reaction, learn to read the body
language of your 'tiel. Excessive egg laying in females can cause a
range of problems, including calcium deficiency. Prone to Giardiasis,
psittacosis, and upper respiratory infections. Dusty birds, may be a
concern for those with allergies.