Animal Stories - White-faced Cockatiel


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   White-faced Cockatiels can be very striking, standing out because they lack any yellow color and have no cheek patches!
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juan camilo - 2011-11-19
I have three white-faced cockatiel breeding couple and I'm not sure if one little female is really a female because I've heard when it's singing as a carrot very noise but even I've seen when the male goes upon her. I'm pretty confused about this couple can somebody help me about it? Can a female sing as though as a male thanks in advance?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-19
    Please read the descriptions of the various male vs female in the white faced cockatiel variations. Also read the breeding section on the cockatiels. Normally the males face is whiter than the females - the females face being more of a grey. Normally the females have a barring on the underside of their tail feathers and the males barring dissapears after their first molt. Normally the males sing and the females do not. However if you have two males, frequently one will assume the male role and the other the female role. Only a few ways to tell with 100% accuracy males vs females. You can have them DNA sexed or you will know if one is a female if she lays an egg. I can see where you would be confused and sometimes you just have to wait.
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anne - 2011-11-18
I have a grey male who is about 6 yrs old. We have had him from 13 wks and while he loves my husband he hates me and I feed, clean him etc!! He tries to bite me and won't let me stroke him but my husband can stoke him ect. He talks and whistles loudly but will not come out of the cage. He has a big parrot cage and tomorrow we are getting a 3yr old white cheek boy that will go in with him once they are used to each other.
I love the birds and my cats stay away as he deafens them if they go too near

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    It just isn't fair. Maybe the new one will like you best.
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Lauren - 2011-10-11
I have a female cockatiel and she loves to whistle. Male cockatiels are more likely to talk than females.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-11
    They aren't real big but have a big personality
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Penny - 2009-08-07
Hi.. I have just bought a baby white faced pied cockatiel yesterday named Max (by my 5yo son). He is so cute. He is not hand raised so I'm attempting to tame him. I have never done this before so should be fun. Already he has walked over my hand. He keeps getting closer and closer to my hand/ voice and I've only had him since last night. Any advice...

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  • tara - 2011-05-15
    If he was raised in an avairy you are going to have to spend hours all day and days on end to tame him and you may be disappointed when he still bites or runs away from you!!! I tried with one of mine and closest I can get is with food in my hand. Millet is a good reward to tame or fresh fruit and vegies or there favorite sunflower seeds. He will take them out of my hand but won't let me pick him up he will his and bite hard. be carefull with your son they can draw blood. Show him your not scared too they are smart and sense your moods. good luck.
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Michelle Ayasse - 2010-06-04
I have a female White Pearl Faced Cockatiel called Abby and she is very noisy. She is about a year and a half and has just laid her 6th egg. She is very attached to me and wants to be with me all the time (that is not always possible). She will continually tweet without a break until I get her out of her cage and put her on my shoulder and that is no guarantee that she will stop tweeting. She is my baby and I love her very much so I put up with all her noise. The Cockatiel does make a great pet.

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  • tara - 2011-05-15
    I have the same issue with my cinnamon tiel (Pipper). She hates being in the cage and tweets till you get her out if she can hear or see me. And if she is out she loves to be on me an not on her jungle gym and if she can hear and not see me she tweets until I answer her and then she will fly to me or crash one or the two she is only little still lover her to pieces my son loves her too.
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Bobbi - 2010-06-24
Cockatiels can be noisy, males more than females, I have 4 right now and going to get my 5th tomorrow. I have Tweetie (yellow) Pauley (grey) who are my breeders, my 1st hatchling from the pair Baby (yellow) Nymph (white-face) which I adopted from a rescue, and going to get Holland (male white-face) tomorrow. Out of all them the only 2 that are noisy are Baby and Pauly. Bay is almost 1 year and says Baby's a pretty birdie and whistles that she's pretty, Pauly just whistles to Tweetie telling her she's Pretty. I love all my tiels very much but think White-faced tiels are the best looking.

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Anonymous - 2010-03-24
I would like to correct a bit of information. Cockatiels are NOISY! I have one and he enjoys screeching when he's lonely. He also sings when he is content. Of course, females are rarely vocal.

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terri - 2009-10-21
hi,i have a beautiful white face cockatiel his name is cali.i have had him since he was 8 weeks old.i love him very much,he can say my name terri, and also terri's sweetheart-he can bark like a dog that is so funny-he is a real addtion to my family we all love him very very much

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Janet Carpenter - 2009-02-10
Hi, I have a beautiful white faced cockatiel who I have named Romeo. At just 5 months of age he can say Hello, pretty bird and Romeo Romeo. He is currently learning the "where art thou romeo" part of Romeo and Juliet. He also can whistle the entire theme song from the Andy Griffin show and at Christmas learned Jingle Bells in just one day. I really don't recommend Christmas carols because by Feb. it does get a little old. He has also learned to bark like our Chihuahua's and laugh like myself. I am Romeo's second owner as the first owner had to give him up just after he purchased him because of an irate landlord who hated birds. I can't imagine why because Romeo is a very polite bird and does not scream or try to annoy anyone. I put his cage right next to my 55 gal. fish tank and he spends hours watching those fish "fly" through the water. By far he is the best bird that I have ever had in my family.

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Kurt van Wyk - 2008-07-02
I once had a white-faced cockatiel named Cluedo. He was very adventurous and was always walking about the house. He loved climbing stairs and would often fall asleep while sitting on the stairs! Unfortunately he died at 11 weeks old and is greatly missed. On a more positive note these birds(as are all cockatiels) are a joy to keep and are not expensive to buy and keep.

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