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How Do Cockatiels Mate?

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.

Courting

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.

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.

Mating

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.

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Terri Rawls is a freelance writer with works published for Demand Media, LIVESTRONG.com, Virtual Vocations, Associated Content and eHow. Rawls ghostwrites and has written several books for children that she hopes to see published in the very near future. Rawls holds an Associate Degree in early childhood development with extensive experience working with at-risk youth.