FC: Cockatiels | By: Maddie Hulse
1: Description | The cockatiel is a member of the cockatoo family. It's small in size(32 cm tall) and has a slender body with a long tail. Adults can weigh up to 90g. Cockatiels are normally gray with white wing patches, a yellow head, and orange cheeks. The body color ranges from dark gray to almost white.
2: Behavior | Hissing: Cockatiels hiss when they are frightened. Screeching: Cockatiels screech loudly for many reasons. Ex: loud environment, change in routine, afraid of something, afraid of being abandoned, or looking for attention Grinding beak: This means the bird is happy or content. Fluffs up feathers and shakes: Cockatiels do this to relieve stress and relax. It also keeps their bodies warm.
3: Lifting up one foot: When a cockatiel lifts up one of its feet, it means it is upset or frightened. Males normally do this. Hanging upside down: This means the cockatiel is happy and content. They also do this to prevent anything from entering their cage. Tapping cage bars with beak: Males cockatiels typically do this when they are trying to find a mate. It's a way to get attention. They also do this when they are trying to imitate someone.
4: Habitat | Cockatiels live throughout mainland Australia. It lives in small groups or pairs, and it likes open land. Cockatiels often live near water. Cockateils move around a lot in response to the availability of food and water.
5: Breeding | Cockatiels can breed at any time. Both the male and female care for the eggs once they are laid. The nests are in high trees near water.
6: Diet | Cockatiels eat a variety of seeds, nuts, berries, and grains. They can feed on the ground or in trees, and they normally feed in groups.
7: Cost | The cost for a cockatiel depends on a variety of different factors. The age, color, and whether or not they are hand fed. Most will cost around $50-$100. Hand fed birds will cost more.
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