Animal Stories - Lutino Cockatiel


Animal-World Information about: Lutino Cockatiel

   The Lutino Cockatiel is a beautiful pet bird, with a mostly white to light-yellow body and orange cheek patches!
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Birdie - 2005-10-08
hi, i have a lutino cockatiel named sunny and i got it january 21st 2005. sunny is tame and loves me and my family. the funny thing is that i thought that it was a he until i read this page and realized that he was a she. this same thing happened with my old budgie that flew away last year. i love sunny and she loves me.

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  • starlasmith - 2013-01-07
    how in the world can you tell without DNA test if your lutino is a male or a female ?
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Kawshik - 2011-10-23
Can I keep Cockatiel in wooden cage? Would they destroy a wooden cage like Lovebirds?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-10-23
    I would recommend against it. Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) beaks continue to grow and they need cuttle bones and other toys to keep them nice and trim. A wooden cage might last for a while, but they will probably be prone to chewing on it to help keep their beaks in shape.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    Sexing cockatiels --- The only way to accurately determine the sex of cockatiels 100% is through DNA sexing. However, many breeders get pretty accurate at determining the sex by appearance. Going from the eyes up the head and down to the neck, the females head is a smoth curve. The males head is not a smooth curve and feels/looks flatter. Much easier to see without feathers but you can see it and you can feel a slight definite slope (ridge) to the males head at the back of the top of the head. Look at the back of the cockatiels head - where that bare spot is and feel right there. The female pelvic bone is wider and sometimes you can feel this. Female is usually a little broader than the male. So humans might not be able to tell with 100% accuracy but hopefully they can. The Animal World article above in sexual difference also explains a barring of color. It is said that the male loses that barring of color under the tail when sexually mature - around 6 - 9 months. It is retained in the female. Hard to see. So lots of luck.
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-24
    Thanks for the information. Can you tell me how to identify the sex without DNA test? Is their any other way to identify male or female? Because in Bangladesh we dont have any pet clinic where we can test the DNA.
  • francesg - 2011-10-28
    I just bought a white male cockatil to mate. How can I tell if it's a male. It haves two bones just like the girl.
  • Sam - 2012-04-29
    We paid $25 for a DNA tests. Look for specific bird shops and they should be able to send in a few feathers for testing. You get an official gender certificate in the mail. And their beaks should not rule out this amazing pet. We take ours in to the breeder every 8 weeks for nail trim and wing trim, and they can easily keep an eye on their beaks. Keeping an eye on it will prevent any major problems! These birds should live 25-40 years! Hope this info has helped.
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kai - 2009-02-07
hi im just wondering how mutch do lutinos cost

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  • Deb Shults-Brod - 2011-11-21
    I paid $89.00 for my little guy this past summer. He was 4 months old when I got him. So sweet but sassy too.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    Cockatiels usually run about $25.00 if purchased directly from a breeder and big range of $50.00 - $100.00 if purchased in a pet store. The pet store costs more as they usually have to finish weaning the parrot and then they have to feed and house them until they are sold.
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Kim - 2011-01-22
I bought my Lutino 8 years ago, and cannot hold her and she will not come out of her cage. When I tried to handle her she bit me very hard, even with gloves on, any suggestions on how to handle her?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Generally, it is easiest to tame cockatiels while they are juveniles (12-14 weeks of age). Because your cockatiel is older it may take a considerable amount of time and patience. You will want to spend some time with her every day - plan a time of day with few distractions and dedicate say half an hour just to her. Make sure her wings are clipped so that if she does fly away you can retrieve her fairly easily. Start by just trying to get her to step up on a stick or perch that you are holding - don't try to touch or pet her at first. Talk to her continuously to let her know you are her friend. Once it appears that she is getting comfortable with that and not immediately being aggressive towards you, you can attempt to start getting her to step up on your finger rather than a stick.

    Here are some general guidelines to help you with taming your cockatiel: Characteristics of Birds
  • Lexi - 2011-08-10
    You should start training her by approching her cage slowly on the side so she sees you coming. If she hisses stop but don't back away and then keep approching her. When you get to the cage slowly put your hand in but again going torwards her slowly then put your finger by her feet so she can step on and slowly take her out then spend time with her then put her away and repeat . But do this somewhere quiet .
  • Lexi - 2011-08-10
    You should start training her by approching her cage slowly on the side so she sees you coming. If she hisses stop but don't back away and then keep approching her when you get to the cage slowly put your hand in but again going torwards her slowly then put your finger by her feet so she can step on and slowly take her out then spend time with her then put her away and repeat . but do this somewhere quiet .
  • julie - 2011-09-20
    I have a lutino and a pearl. my lutino does bite too, however he has stopped here lately. I blow on him and get very close to him and say oh no you don't want to do that come on now and put my finger in front of him and my other hand close to his wing so he can't fly away and hold him close to my chest and walk to were I'm going to sit down and place him close to me and let him come to me while I ignore him. He will ease himself closer, then I say oh oh gooood boy and I have done this every day for a year or so and he has truly come around to being our friend. praying over them helps too, julie.
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Susan - 2011-07-28
I bought my cockatiel when he was a baby and last week he turned 22 years old! He is a sweet, affectionate boy and has only gotten more so with age. He looks like a young bird too- no signs of aging. Loves jazz music and singing and says his name-"Hello Louie!" I've had dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, rodents, you name it and Louie is the most low maintenance of them all. I feed him Harrisons Bird food, bird seed, and offer him pasta, egg, spinach, and nuts when we're eating those foods.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Wonderful I am a bird nut so great.
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india - 2010-01-02
I have a male cockatiel at age 10 months, he's still young but I'm still not sure what breed he is. But I think he's a lutino. So does every one else, even a pet keeeper said so, so that's what I think.

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  • brittney - 2010-03-02
    How do you tell if they are a girl or a boy? I have two birds and can't tell the difference.
  • Abdul - 2010-11-20
    It is a lutino cockatiel.
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maggie scott - 2010-10-20
Hi I have just rescued I think to be a lutino could it be wild? It was trying to bite me! Could I tame it? I am living in cyprus I don't know anything about birds, willing to learn it's had a massive fright today but seems calm now I have put it in a little storage box it can see out I have kept it away from my cat please help. maggie

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Lois goodwin - 2010-03-20
I recently lost my gray cockatiel and have acquired another one but by her coloring she's lutino but her eyes aren't red. They're black. Maybe someone knows why.

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  • reins - 2010-06-22
    Pigmentation..not to worry it is safe.
  • Nikki - 2010-09-25
    Have you seen her eyes in bright light? I know my latino cockatiel's look black until I get him into direct light and then I can really see the red.
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Michael - 2010-06-30
My bird has laid one egg and I have no pair. Any ideas?

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Judy - 2009-10-08
I had a female lutino cockatiels for 15 years and my "yellowbird" was a sweety. I do miss her very much, but I thank God for those 15 years.

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