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Linda Pries - 2013-05-21
I have been breeding cockatiels for several years now and am currently setting up pairs from my own breeding. I have normals, pied, albino pearls and what I have always called lutino pearls. I'm not sure if this is the proper name for these as I have seen them also referred to as opaline pearl. The birds are soft yellow with the grey pearling. Last year I purchased a pair consisting of an albino hen and a whiteface pearl cock. They produced all whiteface pied chicks until their last clutch which also produced a gorgeously stunning whiteface pearl hen. I am keeping her and breeding her back to a normal male who is split to pied. Also will be starting a pair who is a whiteface pied split to albino hen bred to a lutino pearl cock. I'm very anxious to see what these pairings will produce. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, is lutino pearl the proper classification for my yellow birds with grey pearling?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    That Whitefaced Pearl hen must truly be a beauty! A Lutino Pearl Cockatiel has white plumage with yellow pearling, not grey pearling. Lutino's lack all grey pigment. It's probably either a normal pearl mutation or a cinnamon pearl mutation (which has a lighter coloring than the normal). Also males do not retain the pearling, it molts out as they mature. As these birds are crossbred, specific characteristics can become less distinct, so a good knowledge of the genetics as well as the birds lineage (who were their parents/grandparents, etc) is helpful in choosing crossings to get the results you are looking for.
  • Geoff Larsen - 2013-08-30
    I am new to cockatiels and was given a pair for breeding. The female got egg bound and died so now my male is very lonely. What I would like to know is what type he is and how to locate a suitable mate. He is a white face (no cheek markings at all) and a few dark grey patches on the top of his wings. His mate was also white faced but had quite a bit of grey markings all over her body and wings. (My kids named them Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.)
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Anne Day - 2013-08-23
Please don't keep your cockatiel or any bird in the kitchen where you are going to use a teflon frying pan or any pan with teflon because teflon gives off a chemical or chemicals that their little lungs can't handle. I thought everyone was aware of this until I gave two baby cockatiels away to a young couple and they used a teflon frying pan and both birds died. This after them hand feeding the birds for days and now they are both devastated! I don't know how to get the word out fast enough, please tell your friends and pet stores to spread the word. Thank you. Anne Day in Clearwater, Florida.

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Nikki - 2004-11-09
your web site helped me so much on my reasearch project. plus i got an a+, so i want to thank you very much

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Mary - 2004-01-10
Thank you so much! This has really helped me in a tremendous way!


I have a pearl who laid an egg today, her first in 3 years!
I noticed that she was ignoring the egg and so my son and I decided that maybe we could incubate the egg by using odds and ends around the house. So well see what happens in about 22 days!

Thanks again for the help!

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jayashree - 2013-04-11
I got a pair of 2 months old cockatiels. they are healthy and active. they do step up and sit on my shoulder. but sometimes they are feared. my 6 months old is Alexandria is also with them. sometimes Alex is biting the female cockatiel. I don't know how far they are going to be good and friendly... how tame and train cockatiels? expecting Ur responses.

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David - 2013-04-02
We have a cockatiel named Bobby. I never thought I'd be a 'bird person' but I love the little guy! He loves to be let out of his cage for 'play time'. He walks around on me while I'm chilling on the couch. He like me to pet his little beak. He chirps and says his name, 'Hi, Bobby' and 'Hi, Stinky Bob-Bob!' I have to give him kisses on his beak in the morning when I uncover him or he hollers!

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sos - 2005-12-25
My family and I have a Pied Cockatiel and she is not very loyal at all. We got her from a house breeder, and she is not open.

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  • David - 2013-04-02
    Not knowing the circumstances it is hard to tell, but a lot of house breeders only care about the money and not the birds. He was probably never socialized or handled and loved. It will take a lot of patience on your part to undo the negative effects of the house breeding. The key word is patience. Cockatiels are very loving and intelligent. Let him out of his cage for 'play time'. At first I would just let him get accustomed to being out of the cage and his surroundings. Talk to him in a very sweet, loving voice and you may be amazed at the rsponse after a while!
  • Lynnette - 2013-04-02
    Hello, Sorry you are having problems with your cockatiel. I have 4 currently and 3 of them were not very open birds. It takes lots of handling and talking to the bird to get them familiar with living in a home situation after being in an aviary situation. We started just spending time sitting next to the cage talking with them, then slowly letting them out once they learned to step up. I would recommend any of the Barbara Heidenreich resources for positive behavior training. It took about a year for the the first two (a male and a female) to become more open. Now they climb up, want to be with you, and will sing and talk with us. In January we began this process again with a new bird, a female. She is already asking for head scratches but we are still working on step up. She is an older bird and she didn't receive individual attention before she came to us. I also suggest setting them up in a quiet room where you can visit with them and eventually take them out of the cage for short amounts of time until they are ready to be handled frequently. They are flock animals and your little one now has a new flock to learn. But if they are shy, then you have to move slow. It can be frustrating at times, but all but one of mine has had to take this slow bonding route and it works. Hope this helps, they are worth the effort - I promise you.
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Barbara - 2008-10-09
I have a cockatiel named Brandy who is approximately 1 1/2 years old. When we got her the lady we got her from told us she was a female (she was the breeder) and I have since been told she was a male by someone else. She is a loud mouth talker and the sweetest thing you could ever meet. She has a pretty big vocabulary...says her name and other words...have known her to say full sentences. I would love her even if she were a male but can someone help me solve the mystery of her being male or female. PLEASE! hehe She is the very best pet I have ever had, and I have had lots of them in my lifetime. My kids just love her, and I don't know what we would ever do without her!

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  • hoosierbabe2 - 2010-02-18
    Male cockatiels have a bright orange spot on each cheek. The females spots are less colorful if she is a lutino breed.
  • Tracie - 2010-08-06
    Males sing, talk, mimic, and whistle. Females whistle but not as much as the male. No offense to the the reply but coloring in a pied does not indicate sex - per my certified & degreed avian veterinarian. I believe you have a boy (just like mine).
  • David - 2013-04-02
    As far as I know, if he has orange 'rough' on his cheek he is a male. Also, males tend to be more vocal.
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jayashree - 2013-03-13
hi, I have 4months old Alexandria (nane) i don't know it is male or female. I can see a pale yellow ring on the neck. I guess it is male. sometimes my nane is aggressive. every time when nane is hungry,nane does not self feed, he expect me to keep him on my shoulder and takes food from my mouth then he will eat by himself. feeding through my mouth is okay or not? if so, how to stop this?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-13
    Humans carry many diseases that birds or other animals can not fight.  I would not recommend this.
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Keenan - 2012-06-08
I have a very bright yellow cockatiel and I dont know what type it is and the vets are finding it hard to tell as well. Do any of you know what it is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    There is really no way to know.  You say it is bright yellow - all over?  Check out 'cockatiel images on the net' as many have shades of yellow but not the entire body yellow.  Many breeders will cross breed cockatiels to obtain a high color also. 
  • Suzanne - 2013-03-12
    Hi. I've been reading up on cockatiels because I wanted to know the lifespan of my lutino cockatiel. He will be 24 years old in April. He is solid white with orange cheeks and a yellow top notch. From what I read a bit ago the female lutinos are very bright in color which might mean yellow.
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