Cockatiels originated from the wilds of Australia, but their playful personalities and attractive plumage have made them one of the most popular pets across the world.
They are highly sociable birds, liking attention, contact and to be kept busy. Whilst they are 12-14 inches in length, the majority of this is made up by their tails.
They are also lazy birds…needing 12-14 hours sleep per day.
There is only one species of cockatiel but there is a rich variety of colour mutations leading to a huge variation in the look of different birds. To date, aviculture recognises fifteen different cockatiel colour mutations.