cockatiel isn’t as impressive as a macaw, a parrot,
or even a cockatoo. Its
coloring is not as prominent as that of a
conure or a cardinal,
but there is no doubt that your cockatiel will bring you
years and years of companionship, love, and lots of entertainment.
Cockatiels are larger than
parakeets and even conures, but much smaller than their relatives the
The cockatiel is actually a
small parrot from the Catuidae family, just like the cockatoo. It is a
separate branch in the parrot family tree and they differ from other
birds because of their erectible crest.
Cockatiels have facial
feathers around the beak and long tail feathers. They are smart and very
bondable. They usually select one person as their favorite human being
in the entire world, but can also be very social especially if they are
hand raised among humans and have little interaction with other
cockatiels that may keep them from seeking out and preferring human
Cockatiels can be Lutinos
(white with yellow), Pearl (white with some grey), Cinnamon (an almost
taupe grey), Pied (yellow, grey, and white) , Silver (a weak yellow
tone), and Whiteface. Some of these birds also have a combination of
more than one of these colors, such as the lutino pearl, the whiteface
pied, and the very rare whiteface lutino which is the technical term for
albino cockatiels. Albino cockatiels are very expensive (comparatively)
because of their rareness.
There are reports of other
colorings or variations,
and in nature, we know that almost anything is possible. One such
variation is that of an 'olive' colored cockatiel.
The female is more of a
whistler than a talker, and the male has a vocabulary that is not as
rich as that of other parrots, but manages to communicate just as well.
Cockatiels are very smart and
even though their words are few, they have a variety of sounds they make
that will definitely let you know what they are thinking, what they
need, or even what they think of you!
Grey cockatiel calls, like
those of the other cockatiel varieties, are different depending on what
your bird wants to communicate.
A home with a cockatiel is
usually aware of what time of day it is, or more specifically, when it
is time for bed. Cockatiels are creatures of habit and will let you know
when they are ready to call it a night. Grey cockatiel calls at bed time
are more like screeches than calls, where in the morning they are much
sweeter and inviting.
A “night night” screech is
loud and strident, until you cover him up and bid your birdie sweet
dreams. In the morning the sound is lovely and pleasant to wake up to
(unless it’s at four in the morning!). Your cockatiel’s schedule will be
set after a while, and before you know it, you won’t need a clock to let
you know it’s nine at night and your bird wants you to turn out the
2006 Womach Brother Productions - Grey Cockatiel Calls