Cockatiel

Latin Name

Nymphicus hollandicus

Description

Normal cockatiels are gray, with white patches on the wings. They have a yellow/white face with a bright orange patch over the 'ear'. Variations include - Pied (varying white patches cover body), Pearl (each feather retains gray color, with white interspersed), Lutino (Bird white with yellow/white/ orange face), and Albino (white bird).

The drawback to the cockatiel is that it is very dusty. The cockatiel uses a powder to keep their wings water proof. After petting the bird, one normally has a powdery finger.

Avg. Lifespan

18 years (some as long as 25 years)

Length

12 Inches

Sexing

Males tend to have a brighter facial color. Females have a duller facial color, and have barring under their tails. Some breeders say this general sexing rule is not always true. This method of sexing becomes more difficult in the variations.

Origin

Originally from Australia. Can be found in almost all regions of Australia.

Trainability

Very good personality. Can be trained to mimic whistles and short phrases. Some people say the males are more easily trained. However, this fact has been debated by many people.

Loudness

Not too loud.

Pricing

Prices usually fall under $100.