The Emotions and Expressions of the Cockatiel
Cockatiels are a great bird for any animal lover to have as a pet. In terms of popularity, they are second only to the parakeet, which is the number one choice for a household bird. When treating right, which means you spend time with them to meet all of their emotional and physical needs, cockatiels can be very affectionate and loving creatures. However, if you don’t spend enough time with them and simply ignore them all day, don’t be surprised when they get depressed, stop eating altogether and end up dying of starvation. Here is a guide that talks all about the various cockatiel behaviors you will encounter.
Cockatiels are not only an elegant and beautiful bird to look at, but they are very social and intelligent creatures. If you feed them properly, take care of them, keep their cage clean and give them toys to play with, they can provide you with a day full of entertainment and joy. They can help start your day on a good note, as they will greet you every morning with both love and affection as you get up to start your day. By their very nature, cockatiel behavior makes them very social creatures, so they will require a lot of time on your part, so that they don’t get bored or depressed from lack of attention.
Cockatiel behavior all depends on how you treat and approach the bird. They will act very sweet, loving and will be very gentle when you don’t approach them aggressively or in a threatening manner. Due to their being very social by nature, they will want to eat when you eat. They will also want plenty of attention and will do many things to get your attention when you are ignoring them. They will start banging toys around, running around inside their cage, climbing on the cage bars and even screaming if they feel they are not being paid attention to.
You can use the crest of the bird, which is located on the top of their head, to determine what kind of mood they are in. Cockatiel behavior that is neutral or relaxed will be displayed by a crest that is slightly tilted at an angle. When the crest is straight up and vertical, that means your bird is either excited or somewhat anxious or worried. A very flat crest means that your cockatiel is displaying signs of agitation and anger, and may start acting in a defensive manner.