It’s a myth that cockatiels are not very affectionate. In fact, they are one of the most social and loving birds out there.
Here are some reasons why you might want to consider adding one to your life:
1. They are intelligent and have been known to learn over 100 words or phrases
2. With proper training from an early age, you can teach them tricks like playing dead or rolling over
3. If you’re looking for a bird who will be happy just sitting on your shoulder while you work all day, these are the perfect pets
4. Unlike other species of parrots (and even some dogs), cockatiels are unlikely to bite
5. Cockatiels love human attention and will often be eager
How to tell if your cockatiel is affectionate
Not all cockatiels are affectionate, so the first step is to assess your bird for signs of social behavior and personality. A cockatiel looking to bond may:
- show playful gestures like head bobbing or hanging upside down
- be more inclined to initiate interactions with you than other birds are
- beg for treats from you instead of another person
- make a lot of noise, especially at night
- often try to get your attention by flying up to you or landing near you
If your cockatiel is not very interested in social bonding with humans, there are still plenty of things you can do to promote this behavior.
Spending one on one time with your bird by bonding with him through playing, petting or training are all things that can help strengthen the bond between you and your bird.
If you are considering adopting a cockatiel , it’s important to do plenty of research on how to take care of these birds.
They are very sensitive creatures and are prone to many health issues in captivity when they are not being cared for properly.
Don’t be afraid to ask your breeder a lot of questions about how you should care for your new bird and how you can make sure to promote social bonding with him.
The benefits of having an affectionate cockatiel
Having a pet that is eager to interact with you and show you affection can make anyone feel happier.
You are providing your bird with companionship, love and all of the attention he craves. If you are thinking about adopting a cockatiel, be sure to research first how to care for him properly.
Pet birds have been known to decrease stress and anxiety in some people. Having a bird that is happy to interact with you almost all of the time can be very comforting.
Things you should know about caring for an affectionate cockatiel
1. Cockatiels are sensitive, intelligent birds who are prone to many health issues if they are not cared for properly. If you are adopting a cockatiel, be sure that you are willing to commit to giving him the proper care he needs.
2. Cockatiels are very noisey and can make an awful racket when they are screaming at night. If you are adopting a cockatiel, be sure that you are aware of the noise level he will make once brought into your home.
3. Cockatiels are social birds and need interaction with their owners to stay healthy and happy. If you are considering adopting a cockatiel, be sure that you are willing to give him the attention and affection he craves.
4. Cockatiels are prey animals by nature, so they are very sensitive to things like loud noises or sudden movements that would make them feel afraid. If you are adopting a cockatiel, be sure that you are aware of potential risks when taking your bird out in the world.
Getting started with raising an affectionate cockatiel
The first step in raising a bonded cockatiel is to take him home. Be sure that you are aware of how much affection he wants from you and are willing (and able!) to give it to him.
If your new bird shows interested in interacting with you, engage. You want him to be comfortable coming up to you and spending quality time with you.
You are free to play interactive games with your bird, pet him, spend some one on one time with him while you are watching TV or doing work, and do simple training tasks together.
If he is interested in interacting with you but seems nervous, try moving more slowly around the cage or sit down somewhere far away from him.
Try bringing toys near his cage or on top of the cage. These are great ways to get your bird interested in playing with you without scaring him off.
If your cockatiel is not very interested in spending time with you, try moving more slowly and sitting down further away from his cage.
Don’t worry about his interest level at this point, cockatiels are very smart animals and are capable of learning new things over time.
Tips on how to make your home more comfortable for your new pet bird
Keeping your bird happy is a lot easier if he has everything he needs. If you are interested in raising an affectionate cockatiel, here are some steps to help make your home more comfortable for him!
1. Create a safe haven for your bird. Creating a designated spot in the cage where no hands are allowed and he is free to move around without fear of being caught by mistake can help him feel more comfortable in the cage.
You are also less likely to accidentally hurt your bird with your hands if he learns that it isn’t a safe place for him!
Place small toys, perches, and food dishes in this area. Your cockatiel will go there when he is tired or scared!
2. Move the cage away from potential dangers. If your bird has a tendency to be nervous or scared of certain things, consider moving his cage into a quieter part of the house until he gets used to being around those things.
This includes keeping him as far from the TV as possible (a sudden loud noise may startle him!) and keeping his cage out of direct sunlight.
3. Keep your bird calm with the proper lighting and sound levels.
Too much light can hurt a bird’s eyes, leaving your cockatiel feeling uncomfortable within his cage. Insufficient light is also not good for him: it can cause his body to feel stressed and over-stimulated.
Restricting the amount of light that enters into your cockatiel’s cage will help him with general stress levels, but be sure that he is getting enough!