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Cockatiel Life Span

When it comes to buying a bird you really must consider how long they will live! A large macaw for example can live to be 50 years old which is not only a long time dedication and responsibility to a pet but it may actually out live you if you are getting on in years! A cockatiel life span however isn’t as intense but you still have to ask yourself the question “How long will my cockatiel live?”. The average cockatiel life span is between 15 to 20 years however with the proper diet, nutrition and with advances in avian medicine there have been reports of Cockatiels living longer than this!


Generally the larger the bird is then the longer the life span (which explains why big macaw’s can live to be 50 years old). The lifespan of any animal however depends largely on the diet and lifestyle of the bird, if you are able to keep a high nutrition diet that meets your cockatiels needs as well as keep the birds cage in excellent condition with regular cleaning. As well as maintaining a clean cage and a good diet it is also important to actually take your bird to the vet if you suspect they are ill!  As mentioned previously avian medicine has come a long way and it is always advancing so the best way to ensure your cockatiel has a long life span is to book in regular vet visits!

cockatiel life span


If you love cockatiels then you are probably at least a little bit interested in the expected life spans of other birds. Here is the expected life span for a few of our other feathered friends, I only picked a few of my favourite birds but if you are looking for other bird varieties not shown here I’m sure they are easy to find online.

  • Cockatiels: 15-20 years
  • Parakeets (I love parakeets too!): 8-10 years
  • Macaws: 40-50 (even higher sometimes!) years
  • Mini Macaws:20-25 years
  • African Grays: 40-50+ years
  • Cockatoos: 30-40+ years
  • Canaries: 7-10 years
  • Lovebirds: 10-12 years
  • Doves: 10-15 years
  • Conures (one of my other favourite types of birds) : 15-20 years
  • Lories & Lorikeets: 15+ years

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