Before deciding if a cockatiel is the right animal for you, ask yourself the following questions:

• Have you researched this animal?

• Do you have the time, money and knowledge to provide
proper care for the animal’s entire lifespan?

• Do you have the appropriate location and space for this animal?

• How can I keep this animal legally?

• Is there a mature person in the household to provide primary care
of the animal?

• Do you have a vet in your area that is able to provide appropriate
medical care to this specific animal?

If you have answered yes to these questions or need some extra help, then let The Toledo Zoo give you some great information on your animal of choice. Although this animal may be right for you, please read below and discover some of the important needs of this animal.

Care Info

Click here for detailed information about Cockatiel pet care in a PDF document

If you have determined that this type of pet is not the one for you, you may wish to consider
volunteering at The Toledo Zoo, your local humane society/animal shelter, vet, animal rehabilitation
facility or other animal caretaking establishment in order to interact with animals and
learn more about which ones could make a good pet for you.

Learn More about Cockatiels

At your local library:

The Cockatiel: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet (Your Happy Healthy Pet) (Hardcover)
by Julie Rach (Author)

The Essential Cockatiel (Essential (Howell)) (Paperback)
by Pamela Leis Higdon (Editor)

On the web:
• Great resource to answer all kinds of cockatiel questions!
• Bird talk magazine’s website – this has information on all types of pet birds
• “ provides help, aid and responsible counseling to cockatiel pet owners. We strive for avian care with the purpose to educate the community about respect and kindness to all animals.” This has a kids space, too.
• This is a subscription site. ($10 donation to access all resources)
• Excellent source for animal information of all kinds


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