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Cockatiels (Nyphicus hollandicus)

Experience Level: Beginner

cockatiel in habitat

Nutrition & Maintenance

Nutrition and Maintenance
• 100% seed diets tend to be higher in fat and exceed daily caloric requirements of Cockatiels.

• Maintenance diet should consist of fortified pelleted diet.

• Fresh fruits and vegetables should be removed after four hours to prevent spoilage.

• Clean and refill food and water bowls once a day.

• Cuttlebone/mineral block should be available in the cage at all times.

• Cockatiels only eat off the top layer of the food dish, so if feeding pellet-seed mixes, be sure to check the food daily and remove empty seed hulls.


Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Prepared Diets* Pelleted or pellet-seed diet Food should be refreshed daily and the bowl should always be approximately 3/4 full.
Vegetables Dark, leafy greens, (kale, collard, mustard, dandelion, escarole) and vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, squash and shredded carrots) Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours once daily; should constitute 20% of diet. 
Fruits Papaya, banana, melon

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours. 

Once weekly; should only constitute 5% of diet. 

Treats Honey sticks, millet spray Offer weekly; Cockatiels prefer to eat these high calorie snacks and may gorge themselves. 
*Pelleted diets may have grains, fruit and vegetable additives for variety and probiotics to support digestive health. 


Safety and Cleanliness
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Supervise children around pets.

Keep your pet’s home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning its home.