These are cockatiels.  Cockatiels are a kind of cockatoo and parrot that live in Australia. They are a very popular pet bird.  We saw these birds at Petco.

You can tell how a cockatiel is feeling by looking at the crest of feathers on top of its head.  If the feathers are up, the cockatiel is surprised or excited.  If the feathers are down flat on its head, the bird is mad or defensive.  If the feathers are in between, then they are relaxed.  The ones in these pictures are a little upset because we were staring at them and taking their picture.

Cockatiels with red cheeks are grownups.  The gray ones in this picture are juveniles.

Some day I hope we get a pet bird at my house.  Maybe a cockatiel.

About Raymie

Raymie is a 11 year old boy who loves animals. He is always looking around for new animals. He wants to be a zookeeper someday.
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2 Responses to Cockatiel

  1. carmen says:

    how can i tell if they are boy or girl? i have two that look like the one in the first pic w yellow hair.

    • For juvenile cockatiels, males and females look the same. When they are adults, the males get a bright yellow head and lose the stripes on the underside of their tails. Female adults also get a yellow head, but it is not as bright, and they keep the stripes on their tails. I’m not sure, but I think that the yellow bird in the picture is a male and the two grey birds are juveniles. You can find out more on Wikipedia.

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