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Cockatiels: One of the Most Unlikely Cuddly Pets

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  • Cockatiels are a favorite pet bird all over the world. Often called simply “tiels” in the U.S., in their native Australia, the birds are also called quarrions and weiros
  • An outstanding feature of cockatiels is their erectable head crest, which stands tall when they are excited or startled, is slightly tilted when the birds are relaxed, and is flattened to the head when a tiel is feeling angry or defensive
  • Male cockatiels are nurturing, protective parents fully capable of taking mom’s place if necessary