Is a cockatiel a parrot?
Yes, cockatiels are parrots. Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), have the characteristic features of parrots: a curved hookbill and zygodactyl feet (two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward). These small parrots are native to Australia, and are closely related to cockatoos.
What bird food should I provide for my cockatiel?
Good bird foods to feed cockatiels are a teaspoon of bird seed along with a formulated cockatiel food (pellets) and sprouted seed, supplemented by healthy vegetables and healthy table foods (e.g., whole-wheat bread, pasta, plain mashed sweet potato, and small bits of fruit.)
Do cockatiels talk?
Although cockatiels don’t say as many words as other parrot species, cockatiels can learn to mimic words and phrases. Male cockatiels are more likely to talk than female cockatiels.
Source: Bird Channel