Pets in the Classroom – A Cockatiel – Bright Spot in Your Classroom
Pets in the Classroom is all about teachers and students having a classroom pet. What about a cockatiel for your classroom? Cockatiels are cheerful birds that originated in Australia. They are social creatures and thrive on regular contact with other birds or people. Cockatiels are easily recognized by their bright orange cheeks and showy crest on the top of their head. They measure about 10-14 inches and come in a variety of color mutations such as cinnamon, gray, white and yellow. With proper care and nutrition, cockatiels can live for 15 to 20 years.
If you want a cockatiel that might learn to talk, choose a male bird. Cockatiels make an entertaining variety of whistles, chirps and are great imitators. Their talking might not be as clear as an African Grey or Amazon parrot’s, but you will recognize their talents as mimics. Cockatiels enjoy interaction with people once they have been socialized and accustomed to handling. They will want to be where the action is, and enjoy “flock” activities like eating at the same time you eat.
Cockatiels should have a roomy cage with perches and perhaps a natural branch and some appropriate toys. Cockatiels are intelligent and inquisitive, and require stimulation to stay active and bright. They also like to chew, so providing safe toys and supervision when out of the cage is essential. Your pet professional can advise you on outfitting your classroom cockatiel’s cage with safe and entertaining features. Cockatiels thrive on a diet of seed or pellets along with daily fresh fruit and vegetables.
Cockatiels like routine and consistent conditions, so it will be important to create a secure environment and regular schedule for your bird, as well as consistent supervision of student/pet interactions. These animated birds will provide many learning opportunities for students in any number of subjects. A pet store professional can assist you in finding out more about these lively birds to see if a cockatiel is the perfect pet for your classroom.