Behavior and Characteristics of Cockatiels

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Julian S. Boulette
Mr. Collins
January 2, 2013

Behavior and Characteristics of Cockatiels.

Cockatiels are apart of the parrot family descendants of the Cockatoo. Theses two types of birds share some physical traits. The biggest similarity is they both have a crest. The crest is the point of the top of the skull where the bird can raise and lower feathers on the top of its head. The birds will lower and raise the crest to show what it is feeling. If the crest is completely raised the bird has been startled and is and high alert. If the crest is only slightly raised the bird is either relaxed or content with life at the moment. If the crest is completely flattened against the skull the bird is feeling threatened. This is a clear sign that the bird is giving you a warning that it is scared and angry.

The only other characteristics shared by the cockatiel and cockatoo are the bright yellow that can be on the sulfuric crested cockatoo and almost all types of cockatiels. The yellow on both birds are on its crest and its wings. Differences between these two birds are the most obvious one is the size the average cockatiel is 12 to 14 inches. While the average cockatoo is 14 to 20 inches in length at as an adult. The lifespan of these birds are different as well. The cockatiels live for almost 22 years while the cockatoo lives for about 40 years. Other differences are that cockatoos are birds that are much more intelligent and can speak over 20 words and phrases.

Some behavior of the cockatiel will show is dependence. The bird will show this by screeching very loudly and continuously until you will finally come to the bird and show it attention. Birds especially cockatiels are very emotional birds. They are a flock bird so if you have no other cockatiels it will become attached to the person that. Once the bird is attached the bird will become dependent on that person to show them emotion and attention everyday. The minimum of attention you should display...
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