Cockatiel Parrot Farming

  • Breed Name: Cockatiel
  • Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus
  • Other Names: Miniature cockatoo, weero, or quarrion
  • Family: Cacatuidae
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Lifespan: 10 – 14 years (In the wild)
  • Mass: 90 g (Large Adult)
  • Size: 12 to 14 inches long
  • Origin: Australia
  • Habitat: Naturally, they are found in arid or semi-arid areas but always close to water
  • Lifespan:
    • 16-25 years or higher in captivity
    • 10-15 years in wild
  • Cockatiel is a member of the cockatoo family
  • As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar
  • They are relatively easy to breed and a famous pet parrot
  • Colour Mutations: In aviculture, there are 22 established colour mutations of Cockatiel
  • Gender Identifications:
    • Wild cockatiels are grey with visible differences between males and females
    • Male grey cockatiels have yellow heads and the female has a grey head
    • Juveniles Grey tend to look like females with pinker beaks
  • Reproduction Facts
    • Female  layegg about every 48 hours (2 days) until a clutch of 2-8 eggs is laid
    • Cockatielsand other parrots are “indeterminate” egg This means parrots do not lay a specific number of eggs
  • Feeding & Diet:
    • In general, cockatiels eat approximately 15 grams of food per day
    • Cockatiels enjoy a range of foods, including commercial birdseed, pelleted food, vegetables and fruits
    • Seeds and pellets are the mainstay of cockatiel’s diet
    • Feed your bird dark, leafy greens every other day
    • Offer fruits such as apple, banana or melon once a week
    • NEVER give your cockatiel any of the following foods, as they are extremely TOXIC:
      • Alcohol
      • Avocado
      • Caffeine
      • Chocolate
      • Dried or Uncooked Beans
      • Fruit Seeds
      • Garlic
      • High-Fat
      • High-Sodium
      • High-Sugar Foods
      • Honey
      • Mushrooms
      • Onions
      • Rhubarb
      • Salt

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