Description: The spectacular Pearled Cockatiel with its scalloped-looking feathers, was the third cockatiel mutation to be established. These very pretty birds are commonly known as Pearled Cockatiels, Laced Cockatiels, Opaline Cockatiels, Pearl Cockatiels, Pearly Cockatiels, and even just Pearl Tiels or Pearly Tiels. The coloration of the pearl is a result of a feather pattern change rather than a color change. The first cockatiel mutation was the Pied Cockatiel established prior to 1951, followed by the very popular Lutino Cockatiel in 1958, and the Pearled Cockatiel in Germany in 1967. Unlike cockatoos, they have long tails making up about half of their total length, giving them more of a parakeet type appearance.
Pearling of the feathers on the back, nape, and wings are edged or laced in white or yellow. There are both lightly pearled birds and heavily pearled birds. Starting with the first molt, a male pearl will loose his markings and return to a normal gray coloration over a period of years. Males don’t actually loose the pearling but it becomes so faint that it can only be seen on some of the heavily pearled mature males, and even then it only looks like a shadow. The female will not loose her markings.
Song / Call: Click here for the Cockatiels Song / Call
Size: 12″ – 14″ long
Sexing: Some cockatiels are easily sexed visually while others are not. If there is not a gender option available when ordering, we are unable to guarantee gender.
Life Span: 16 – 25 Years
Temperament: Cockatiels are extremely social birds and they like attention however they can be left alone as well. They are fairly hardy birds, easily handle changes in their home, and are easy to breed. On top of that, keeping a cockatiel as a pet is easy because they are not noisy parrots and they are comfortable if left alone for periods of time.
Breeding: Cockatiels are generally easy to breed.
Diet: High Quality Cockatiel Seed, Fruits, Greens, Meats, Hard Boiled or Scrambled Eggs, Peanuts, Cuttlefish Bone, Dried Egg Food