Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I Have Cockatiel Bird

External morphology of a bird (Vanellus malabaricus)

1. Beak
2. Head
3. Iris
4. Pupil
5. Mantle
6. Lesser coverts
7. Scapulars
8. Coverts
9. Tertials
10. Rump
11. Primaries
12. Vent
13. Thigh
14. Tibio-tarsal articulation
15. Tarsus
16. Feet
17. Tibia
18. Belly
19. Flanks
20. Breast
21. Throat
22. Wattle

My Cockatiel
(My Cockatiel name is Jaguar and he is 3 years old. He is very playful, loving and he always want to be with me.)

If hes out he use to fly straight to my keyboard and start typing.

Inside hes cage wondering whats going on, when i am taking photos of him.

My Jag loves hes swing if the swing fall down he used to chirp like mad.

About Cockatiel
The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, is the smallest and genuinely miniature cockatoo endemic to Australia. They are prized as a household pet throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird Cockatiels are second only in popularity to the Budgerigar.

The only member of the genus Nymphicus, the Cockatiel has previously been considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo. However, more recent molecular studies have settled the debate. These indicate that the Cockatiel belongs in the Cockatoo Subfamily Calyptorhynchinae (commonly known as Dark Cockatoos). They are hence now classified as the smallest of the Cacatuidae (Cockatoo family). Cockatiels are natively found across the outback regions of inland Australia, and favour the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bush lands.

Cockatiel Lifespan
The average lifespan of a cockatiel is 12 to 15 years. It is not unusual for a cockatiel to live to 20 years of age and the occasional cockatiel makes it to 30.

To insure your cockatiel has a long and happy life provide:
A clean cage.
Daily exercise.
A healthy diet including fresh fruit and vegetables offered daily
plenty of activity and companionship.

Cockatiel Health
In the wild if cockatiels let their guard down and show they are unwell they will become the victims of predators.Therefore it is natural for cockatiels to conceal their illness as long as possible.

By observing your cockatiel daily you will learn its normal behavior and anything out of the ordinary should draw your attention. If your cockatiel looks ill it normally means it is really sick and can deteriorate extremely quickly.

When you detect any of the following signs of illness you should take your cockatiel to an avian vet as soon as possible - try to visit a vet experienced with birds so a correct diagnosis can be given.

Signs of illness to watch out for:

Abnormal breathing
Abnormal droppings (note the quantity, color, consistency)
Abnormal feathers, feather growth, or molt.
Abnormal sleep pattern:
- continuous.
- both feet on the perch when normally one foot is tucked up.
- head tucked under the wing.
- head turned towards the wing with eyes only partly closed.
Any change in normal activities:
- talking or whistling.
- playing with toys.
- preening.
- interaction with other birds.
- interaction with humans.
- energy levels.
- different perching area.
Discharge from the beak, eyes or nostrils.
Drinking a lot more water than usual.
Drooping head, tail or wings.
Dull or swollen eyes.
Excessive feather picking or plucking.
Face and head feathers coated with mucus and semi-digested seed.
Falling off the perch.
Fluffed up appearance.
Hunched over posture.
Loss of appetite.
Lumps or swellings on the body.
Sitting on the bottom of the cage.
Soiled vent.
Tail constantly moving up and down.
Untidy appearance.
Weight loss.

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