This medium parakeet, about thirty to forty cm long, is actually a small cockatoo. With a crest that gives it its particular air, its plumage is in shades of gray, with touches of white and yellow, and sometimes streaks under the tail and on the wings. It has small red-orange spots on the cheeks, which give it the impression of having blush! It is a species of Australian origin, which is well named full of Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus).
A unique species
The Cockatiel is the only species of the genus Nymphicus, which gives it its other name of nymphic parakeet. It is an ideal companion bird, because of its great intelligence, its mimetic abilities, and its sociable character. But Rome is not made in a day: if your parakeet was not taken to the nest and pipetted, it will take patience and patience to tame it, but progress is generally satisfactory because the Cockatiel knows how to recognize his master!
“An iron hand in a velvet glove”: this is, however, the motto for anyone who wants to train this parakeet, because it can be extremely capricious, and stubborn … but it will never be ungrateful. Often, as with many cage birds, males are more likely to be tamed, but this is not an absolute rule. The Cockatiel is an animal that has, above all, personality and a strong character, which makes its possible difficulty but also its greatest charm.
A fascinating bird
So far, it is true that I have made a number of reservations about the Cockatiel. But it’s because I knew many of these parakeets, and even owned one, being younger. I think that these birds are adapted to a calm and mature person, one should not leave his education to the children who are not necessarily able to understand the stakes of confidence and rivalry which can exist between a man and an animal, if no matter how small and well he is in a cage … I regret today that I was too young to understand it, at the time when we adopted Titou, my family and myself, knew how to develop true relationships of complicity with him. I would like to repeat the experience one day in my life because it’s really touching to see this little beast adapt to human life, and fly from one shoulder to the other with an undisguised assurance.
Care for your parakeet
From a daily/practical point of view, first of all, taking care of a Cockatielout of the nest is not everyone’s business: it is better to leave this part of the job to a professional breeder. We find in the supermarket, at the veterinarian or pet store (the latter two options are always preferable, but everyone does what he can with his budget) mixtures of special Cockatiel seed, or more commonly for “big parakeets”. The most popular and trusted brands are Vitakraft and Benelux.
In addition, we can also offer Cockatielmillet branch and cuttlebone bones (to pick up on the beach eventually, and before properly rinse and rub with clean water) that will allow him to “beak” and to take care while bringing him minerals. The Cockatielmust always have fresh and clear water at his disposal, in a drinking trough provided for this purpose. Another important thing: take care to choose a cage for parakeets and parrots, and not for birds called “straight-billed” (canaries, mandarins, doves …): they do not need to climb, while it takes the Cockatiel cage with horizontal bars, precisely for this purpose. This bird is a natural player: it will also need toys, bells etc, which are also found in pet stores.