Any color that can be found in a solid color cockatiel may be found in Pied Cockatiels. The quantity of color and where it is placed varies greatly from one bird to the next. The Pied Cockatiel’s colour is due to a change in feather pattern rather than a change in hue. Variegated Cockatiel, Harlequin Cockatiel, and Pied Tiel are all names for the Pied Cockatiel.
The pied affect is a striking combination of the colors in a random pattern of patches or blotches. This would be combinations of whites and greys on gray colored birds while it would be combinations of yellows and cinnamon’s on Cinnamon Cockatiels. The most spectacular birds will have a symmetry in the placement of these blotches,unfortunately that is not a predictable outcome when breeding these birds. Because of the variation of the patterning that occurs, the difference between a male and a female is almost indiscernible as well.
Pied Cockatiel Care and feeding
For proper cockatiel pearl pied care, large bird cages are required. Unless the bird will be let out for long periods of time, a large cockatiel cage is essential. A cockatiel’s cage should be at least 24 inches long, 18 inches tall, and 18 inches broad. This will allow space for multiple toys while also allowing the bird to completely stretch his or her wings without hitting them. A playpen or parrot perch is a great place for many birds to spend the majority of their time.
Alternatively, you can keep a single cockatiel pied. They won’t experience any adverse effects, so long as you provide daily attention for your bird. And they require quite a bit of attention. Failure to do so could mean a bird that’s displaying self-harming behavior. If you can’t provide ample attention for your cockatiel, then you’d be better off getting it a partner to keep it company and prevent it from getting lonely.
Be aware that cockatiels poop once every 10-20 minutes. You should expect to spend quite a bit of time cleaning up after them. They also need regular bathing to keep them clean and prevent any illnesses.
Cockatiels can eat a diverse diet consisting of fruits, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and pellets. Pellets are one of the easiest food sources for keeping your whiteface lutino pied cockatiel healthy since they already contain all of the nutrition that your bird needs.
Seeds are great food for cockatiels as well. However, because they’re high in fat, you’ll have to limit them to no more than 30% of your bird’s total intake.
Pied Cockatiel Breeding/Reproduction
Cockatiel breeding can be a very rewarding experience. Cockatiels will readily nest provided they have a nest box and some material to construct the nest from. They lay one egg every other day until they have laid about 5 eggs. The incubation period is 17 – 22 days. After hatching the young birds will open their eyes at 9 days of age.
If you don’t want to incubate the eggs yourself, this is a good time to start hand feeding. Because the tiny chicks will need feedings every two hours for the first couple of weeks, incubating and raising the chicks demands commitment. You can also remove them from the nest earlier than 9 days, but this poses a larger risk to the chick and requires more effort from you in terms of frequent feedings. The orange cheek patch will appear on the newborns after about 18 days. They will resemble adult birds at around 30 days and will fledge at around 35 days.