Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Posted Jul 29, 2014
Cockatiels are the smallest in the cockatoo family, closely related to palm cockatoos. At 80 to 110 grams, the small size of cockatiels conceal their huge personalities.
Mithril is my whiteface lutino hen. That means she's albino and as such I need to watch for health issues more than I would another color mutation.
As with most cockatoos, she's very much an individual. She's extremely protective of me, but generally social overall. As with most cockatoos, "velcro bird" applies. Where I go, she goes -- even for mid-day naps; she loves to sit on top of my pillow to protect me.
Cockatiels are nomadic parrots which mean they need much larger cages than pet stores claim. Mithril's cage is large enough to house two large macaws -- which is the right size for cockatiels, actually.
Cockatiels need lots of social stimulation, lots of toys, a highly varied diet (and are often very picky eaters), and lots of space/out of cage time to fly. When these are not provided, cockatiels are vulnerable to the same feather plucking and mental illness disorders of their larger cousins. They are therefore only for people who are dedicated enough to give them lots of attention across their entire lives.
Do not clip your cockatiels wings. In my experience, the more my tiels fly, the better their overall health.
Well cared for cockatiels easily live over 30 years.