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How long do cockatiels live?

How Long Do Cockatiels Live In 2021

Cockatiels are small to medium-sized parrots that are native to Australia. They are one of the most popular pet birds, due to their striking coloring, affordable price, and ease of care.

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How long do cockatiels live? 

Cockatiels bred in captivity typically live from 10 to 20 years, although a male cockatiel can live as long as 30 years.  This is a pretty impressive cockatiel lifespan for the most popular type of parrot species.

How long do cockatiels live in the wild?

Cockatiels originate from Australia and New Guinea, where the average life expectancy of a wild cockatiel is about 3-5 years. 

How long does a pet cockatiel live for in captivity?

Cockatiels are the smallest member of the cockatoo family and a popular pet bird. Cockatiels are native to Australia, and they can live up to about 15 years in captivity. 

In the wild, cockatiels commonly live up to around 20 years if they get past the baby cockatiel stage, as many can die young.  Femail cockatiels can live to about 25 years.

While there are many different kinds of cockatiels, the most common pet breed is the “normal grey cockatiel” which is distinguished by its grey feathers and yellow face. 

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Do cockatiels die easily?

Cockatiels have a lifespan of 10-15 years, but are fragile enough that they can die easily if not properly cared for. 

Cockatiels are extremely energetic birds and need at least 3 hours of flight time per day, with some suggesting an hour of flight time should be dedicated to preening. 

Without proper exercise and grooming, your cockatiel may develop feather plucking or self-mutilation. (Some believe that over-crowding can also lead to this problem.)  

If your cockatiel is not getting enough attention, it may start to act out. Cockatiels are incredibly clever birds, and some have been known to open doors, bite, scream, and throw toys. 

How can I make my cockatiel live longer?

Cockatoo owners frequently ask this question, but it’s difficult to know for sure.  In the past, cockatiel life expectancy was as low as 5 to 8 years.  

However, recent research suggests that a cockatiel that’s well cared for, fed a proper diet and receives regular veterinary care can live between 10 and 20 years.  

You can also:

  1. Change the cockatiels diet 
  2. Get the cockatiels nails trimmed 
  3. Clean the cockatiels cage

Can a cockatiel die from loneliness?

Yes, they can indirectly. Cockatiels have a very high intelligence level and require a lot of social interaction. 

If they don’t have this they will get very depressed and may die from loneliness. This is the reason cockatiels are often seen in pairs. Cockatiels can live up to 30-40 years in the wild and up to 60 years in captivity. This is the equivalent of a human living to be 120 years old.

Do cockatiels die easily?

What do cockatiels eat?

Cockatiels are mostly seed eaters, but they do enjoy a variety of fruits, vegetables and even some grains. 

Cockatiels are also very opportunistic eaters, so they will eat whatever is available to them when they are hungry, so it is important not to leave food out that is not meant for the bird.

How long do cockatiels live indoors?

How long do cockatiels live indoors? It depends on several factors, but generally, they live between 12 and 20 years.

Tamed cockatiels are fun and affectionate pets and are known to be one of the best for people just getting started with bird-keeping. 

However, they can be a bit noisy and messy (as can all birds) and require a fair amount of care and attention for a pet.

How do you comfort a dying cockatiel?

The vast majority of owners who know that their pet bird is nearing death choose to euthanize them by their own hand. If this is the route you have chosen, ask your vet for advice on the best sedation method for your cockatiel. 

A combination of an oral sedative, such as promazine, and an injectable narcotic, like fentanyl, will usually ensure that your pet is unconscious without overdosing and passing away prematurely. 

Putting your bird to sleep and crying over its body is a sign of respect and love for your pet. If you are unable to do the deed yourself, you can ask a friend or hire a veterinarian to do it for you.

How does a cockatiel show affection?

Cockatiels are very affectionate birds. They enjoy being around people, and will gladly sit on your shoulder or on your finger. Cockatiels can also be quite vocal, and some owners say that their birds will actually tell them when they need something. 

Why do cockatiels puff up?

Cockatiels are generally happy birds, who love to socialize with their owners and their mates.  When they puff up and turn bright yellow, they are not attempting to intimidate you, they are rather trying to attract your attention.  

Cockatiels can puff up for a variety of reasons, most of which are pretty benign.  However, it is important to notice that they are displaying this action because there is something that they want.  

Cockatiels puff up to show that they are content, but they also do it when they are frightened, or to show that they are afraid and want to avoid confrontation. 

Can cockatiels live alone or do you need a buddy?

Cockatiels are friendly birds that can live happily alone.  It is a myth that they will die if left alone.  Of course, it is best to give them companionship.  

However, if you are unable to find a friend for your cockatiel, you should not panic.  Cockatiels are social birds and enjoy the company of humans but they are not always in need of a cockatiel companion.  

If you prioritize your cockatiels health and happiness, then you can keep them safe and happy as a lone cockatiel bird.  As long as the cockatiel is getting sufficient social interaction, they will remain happy without a companion.

Parrott species

Cockatiels are named after an Australian parrot and are members of the cockatoo family. A pied cockatiel is native to Australia and are often kept as pets.

They are the smallest of the cockatoo family and are very social birds. In the wild, cockatiels prefer savannah-type environments. Birds who live in an aviary might enjoy a bath in a plastic, shallow dish of water.

Keep the water fresh for them and change it often.

Provide a pinecone or other cockatiel toys for them to chew on. These birds enjoy chewing and will need the pinecone to chew on. You can provide them a shallow dish of water that they can often bathe or drink from.

What is a good cockatiel cage?

The first thing you should do is make sure that you have a bird-safe cage. Cockatiels are very smart birds and can learn to open doors and other latches. The cage should have a solid bottom and no gaps anywhere. The cage door should have a locking mechanism that the cockatiel cannot learn to open.

Most popular types of cockatiels

The most popular types of cockatiels and parrots are:

  • African Grey
  • Macaw
  • Albino cockatiel.
  • Lubino cockatiel
  • Pied cockatiels

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do cockatiels live? 

Cockatiels bred in captivity typically live from 10 to 20 years, although a male cockatiel can live as long as 30 years.  This is a pretty impressive cockatiel lifespan for the most popular type of parrot species.

How long do cockatiels live indoors?

How long do cockatiels live indoors? It depends on several factors, but generally, they live between 12 and 20 years.

Tamed cockatiels are fun and affectionate pets and are known to be one of the best for people just getting started with bird-keeping. 

Can cockatiels live alone or do you need a buddy?

Cockatiels are friendly birds that can live happily alone.  It is a myth that they will die if left alone.  Of course, it is best to give them companionship.  

However, if you are unable to find a friend for your cockatiel, you should not panic.  Cockatiels are social birds and enjoy the company of humans but they are not always in need of a cockatiel companion.