How Do Cockatiels Mate?

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How Do Cockatiels Mate?
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Just like humans, cockatiels engage in courtship in tryingfemales try to attract the attention of the opposite sex. They will scream, screech and chirp. Male cockatiels will beat on their perch, cage or nest box and strut around to impress females. He may go even go in and out of the nest box. To attract males, female cockatiels crouch next to each other on the perch in a typical mating stance. They may also try to feed a male they have interest in.

How Do Cockatiels Mate?
Cockatiels go through a courting phase before choosing a mate.

Pairing Up

Cockatiels choose their mates carefully. Once they pair off, you will notice them eating and sitting together and feeding and preening each other. Cockatiels bond for life. If a bird loses its mate, allow for a time of mourning before you place it with another. This can take some time, and some cockatiels never accept another mate.


When ready to mate, the male mounts the female and moves his tail side to side until his vent is in position under her tail. Copulation occurs during this time. After the act of mating, the male goes on about his business and the female preens herself.

How Do Cockatiels Mate?
Cockatiels are inseparable when they are ready to mate.

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