The cockatiel can be considered the most widely kept parrot, after the budgerigar. They are very sociable birds, and will become depressed if left alone for long periods of time. It's best to get a pair of cockatiels if you know you'll be out of your house for long periods.
|Name||Cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus, or "tiel"|
|Color||Gray with yellow head and orange cheek patches in the wild.|
|Lifespan||About 35 years|
|Personality||Friendly, quiet, undemanding, playful, inquisitive, gentle.|
|Diet||Cocketiels should eat fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as sprouts, seeds, and treats in moderation. Safe herbs for pet birds include basil, chicory, dandelion, fennel, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.|
|Supplies Needed||A habitat approximately 24" x 24" x 30", with metal bars spaced no greater than half an inch apart, is ideal for one cockatiel. Larger habitats are preferable, if possible. A variety of perch sizes to exercise the bird's feet is recommended. Fresh water should be provided at all times. Additionally, foraging toys provide important mental stimulation.|