The cockatiel is a small parrot who sports a variety of colorful patterns and a head crest. Also known as quarrions or weiros, these birds aren’t as loud as other parrots, though they can still mimic speech and whistle.

Because of cockatiels’ smaller size, it’s easier to care and tame them compared to other parrot species. In fact, they’re friendly birds who enjoy pets and playing with their owners. As long as they have plenty of time to exercise and play, they’re a low-maintenance pet.

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These little birds are gentle, affectionate, and often like to be held and petted—but they’re not necessarily fond of cuddling. They simply want to be near you and will be very happy to see you.

Cockatiels are one of the most friendly bird species. However, an untamed bird can be aggressive and nip. You can prevent bad habits at an early age by ignoring bad behavior. Never scold the bird; this can cause it to become timid around people. These birds aim to please, so reward good behavior and disregard the bad.

Cockatiels are intelligent birds and can learn a variety of tricks over time. From waving and whistling to bell ringing, they’re smart little birds who will enjoy a new challenge. Many cockatiels will even keep themselves occupied for hours talking to the “other bird” in a mirror.

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