There are many good reasons for adopting a cockatiel. Indeed, this expressive and easy-going bird has many strengths. Lovers of pet birds greatly appreciate it. By its cheerfulness and its sociability, it represents a suitable pet for the whole family. To understand her and interact with her, it is helpful to know the meaning of these attitudes, and above all, to know the eight signs that she loves you!
Top 8 Signs That Your Cockatiel Likes You:
1. She Chirps at Your Approach
If your cockatiel starts to chatter, sing, or chirp every time you approach her, it is a sign that she is happy to see you. It is therefore important to pay attention to the cries of your cockatiel.
However, if she tends to hiss a lot, it may signify that she is scared or agitated. So, if your cockatiel hisses regularly around you, there may be something wrong.
2. She Has Warm Feet
If your cockatiels’ feet are warm, it is a sign that your pet bird is healthy and thriving. It also indicates that she is happy having you near her. On the other hand, cold feet may indicate a health issue or that your cockatiel is feeling stressed.
3. Her Body Language Is Relaxed
Observe your cockatiel’s body language carefully. For example, if she constantly tries to escape when you approach her, she might be feeling threatened. Likewise, if she raises a foot in the air, it is also a sign of aggression, and your cockatiel may try to bite you.
4. The Feathers of Her Crest Are in a Normal Position
Watch your cockatiel’s crest feathers. The front of the crest should be relaxed, showing that your bird is comfortable in your presence. If the crest is flat on the bird’s head, it could indicate that your cockatiel is angry. Likewise, a straight crest shows fear or restlessness, whether towards you or something else in its surroundings.
5. She Smooths Her Feathers
Cockatiels groom each other as a sign of affection. If she’s doing it in your presence, or better yet, if she’s trying to straighten your own hair, that’s a great sign of affection!
This is another sign that your cockatiel is excited by your presence; she even tries to flirt with you!
7. She Trots Towards You with Her Head Held High
This corresponds to an invitation to play with her, to stroke her: she is clearly delighted to be in your company!
8. She Regurgitates Her Last Meal in Your Hands
This ultimate sign of affection, although a little repulsive, shows that your bird wants to feed you because she has chosen you as her mate. This display of affection could hardly be more evident!
4 Signs That Your Cockatiel Is Not Doing So Well
Learning to spot the signs of affection and love your cockatiel has for you is very helpful in improving your relationship with your pet bird. But, on the other hand, there are also other signs, more negative, showing that there is a problem:
In short, the cockatiel has a joyful and affectionate character. Tame cockatiels love contacts with their humans and will happily land on the shoulder of their owner for cuddles! When in their cage, they will spend their time feeding, grooming, playing, and calling you.
Her personality will suit adults and children alike, as she is both sweet and fun. It’s also a little show on its own. No doubt, the cockatiel is an adorable little pet bird, and when you know how to spot the signs that she loves you, your relationship only gets better!
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Genevieve is a biologist and science writer. Her deep love for capuchin monkeys, pumas, and kangaroos has taken her worldwide to work and volunteer for several wildlife rehabilitation centers in Bolivia, Guatemala, Canada, and Australia. As a Canadian expat, Genevieve now lives in Argentina, where she wakes up every morning to horses and cows saying hello from the vast plain next to her home office window. She is the proud mom of three rescued dogs, Lemmy, Nala, and Pochi, and a frisky kitten, Furiosa. Having the privilege of sharing her knowledge and passion for animals of all kinds is what makes her fulfilled and happy.