Female Cockatiels: Do Female Cockatiels Sing? 

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Cockatiels are also known as quarrions, and they’re a type of small parrots native to Australia. These birds are easiest to breed and rear out of any other kind of parrot. 

They’re actually the second most popular household pet, behind budgie birds but just ahead of the finches.

Female cockatiels are much more conservative than males, which means they will not go into loud or crowded areas.

Do Female Cockatiels Sing?

Female cockatiels can do everything male cockatiels can do. They can talk and sing, like the males. 

But females tend to be less vocal than males. Females are capable of whistling, singing, hissing, and screaming. 

Female cockatiels will typically sing during mating season. It’s natural that females tend to be quieter since they need less time for breeding and the more time they spend on nest building.

Compared to male cockatiels, female cockatiels are less vocal. They’re shy and prefer to avoid noisy and active places. 

However, female cockatiels will screech or hiss when they want to make themselves heard, instead of using whistles and singing like males do.

Female cockatiels are less vocal than males, but they can sing and whistle just as well. It’s a common misconception that females don’t sing, but they often prefer to keep it quiet and listen to males instead.

When cockatiels are mating, males sing to impress females. Males typically whistle more often during the mating season.

Female cockatiels usually stay away from noisy and busy places because they’re more reserved than male cockatiels. If you live in a noisy environment and don’t want to scare your bird, find somewhere the bird will be comfortable.

Can You Teach A Cockatiel To Sing?

Most cockatiels are songbirds that use their vocal abilities to sing songs and chat. In addition, most of these birds can learn how to whistle and use their verbal ability to sing and chat.

Teaching your pet cockatiel to sing is a process that requires time and consistency. Once your bird has learned this skill, you may notice it singing a song or making sounds that sound like music on the regular.

How To Teach A Female Cockatiel To Sing?

Here are six ways to teach a female cockatiel how to sing.

Introduction to music:

When you want your female cockatiel to sing, how do you get her to do it? You can offer her a tune! Start by humming a piece of music or whistling various melodies from different songs.

Model the singing process for the female cockatiel to follow:

Female cockatiels typically sing in response to the male cockatiel’s song. First, they will make soft sounds that sound like low whistles, then louder ones that sound like tinkling bells.

When a female cockatiel sees the human sing, she will want to sing too. Make it close to the female cockatiel and start singing a song aloud. She will try to replicate you while singing that song.

The male cockatiel will gather around the female and watch her sing. This will allow the female to see how your lips move and hear how you produce sound.

Play some music or songs around the female cockatiel:

Setting a timer for 10-15 minutes and playing some music or bird sounds around the female cockatiel can help in her mating season.

To learn how to sing, playing some music around the female cockatiel is a requirement. The male will use its own sounds to teach the female how to produce those same sounds.

After some time, you’ll notice the bird starts trying to make similar noises.

Repeat and stay consistent:

Teaching a female cockatiel to sing takes consistent repetition. To accomplish this, you will need to constantly be singing songs around the bird, play songs, and hum melodies. Constantly reinforcing these behaviors will help them stick. You could create a routine to stay consistent with the process.

Reward the female cockatiel for progressing:

You should encourage the female cockatiel to try singing. To do this, give the bird a tasty meal right after it sings. In this case, the female cockatiel will improve its singing abilities.

Do female cockatiels talk or whistle?

Cockatiels are parrots that can mimic sounds, like whistling and talking, as well as make sounds with their vocal abilities. Male cockatiels are more vocal than female cockatiels.

Female cockatiels don’t say as much as male cockatiels, which can lead to some interesting interactions. 

Female cockatiels are often silent and listening to the males chatter. You’ll find females doing most of the listening, but sometimes males will start chattering and get the female’s attention.

Female cockatiels don’t make as much noise as males, but they can talk or whistle. Few cockatiels who are male or female can speak and whistle. However, not all can do both.

What Sounds Do Female Cockatiels Make?

Female cockatiels are more subdued and shy than male cockatiels. They don’t vocalize nearly as often, but they do make sounds. Below is a list of the sounds they make:

Curious call:

Cockatiels often vocalize when they’re curious about something. When a female cockatiel hasn’t found the other birds or animals in the household, its soft chirps are like it’s asking what happened to them.

Your pet cockatiel will chirp for your attention if it feels left alone.

The call for attention:

You will often notice loud noises when your female cockatiel is frightened of loud noises.

Loud sounds, such as a crashing sound or just a truck rumbling down the street, may make your cockatiel let out a loud chirp.

Birds are usually chirping because they feel like they’re under attack. They’ll continue to do this until they’ve escaped the possible threat. 

If the bird feels threatened even after it escapes, it will start tweeting intensely and continuously.

A happy cockatiel:

A cheerful cockatiel will tell you when they’re content. A relaxed face and grinding beak means happiness. If it’s not happy, the facial feathers will be puffed up.

Munching away on a seed, cockatiels can sometimes be heard at night.

When Do Cockatiels Start Singing?

Younger cockatiels learn to mimic sounds faster than older cockatiels. Consequently, it is easier to teach younger ones how to sing than it does for older ones.

It’s not uncommon for cockatiels to start singing at eight months old. Females tend to sing less than males, with males’ songs taking the lead. 

However, your pet will only start singing by age eight if you’ve spent the past four months teaching it how to sing.

When cockatiels are young, they learn the most in a short time. So it takes a shorter time to teach a younger cockatiel to sing than an older one.

Why Do Cockatiels Sing?

Cockatiels usually sing for two reasons: to enjoy themselves and to attract a mate. Typically, the males do most of the singing, while female cockatiels tend to be quieter and will only sing if they feel provoked or have an interest in them.

If your cockatiel is happy and content, it will start singing. You’ll hear a range of music, including some amazing instrumental pieces. Your cockatiel may also talk depending on how it was taught.

During mating season, male cockatiels sing to attract female cockatiels. These females remain Silent and pay attention to the singing of males.

Does A Happy Cockatiel Sing?

A happy cockatiel sings.Most cockatiels, like most other parrots, chirp during sunset and sunrise. Additionally, they also chirp throughout the day.

Cockatiels, when they’re happy, can whistle songs while they grind their beaks. They may also do this when they are sitting on a person’s head.

Did you know that cockatiels make many different sounds? Scientists have actually been able to identify specific sounds as belonging to males and females.

Here are some possible meanings for a cockatiel singing.

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When cockatiels are content, they whistle songs – mainly happy and cheerful tunes. Females whistling is less frequent than males as theirs is a quieter nature.


When you hear your cockatiel singing, it’s most likely a sign that it is happy. It could be in a great mood, or the cockatiel may be eating well. Cockatiels typically like to sing during sunrise and sunset.

Mating season:

Cockatiels sing to communicate. The two most common reasons they sing are to communicate with other cockatiels in their flock and to find a mate. 

During mating season, male cockatiels whistle songs to attract female cockatiels. During that time, females listen to the males singing and select one of them as their mate.

Final Thoughts

Female cockatiels are more reserved than male cockatiels. Female cockatiels mostly prefer listening to the male birds’ singing and will make hissing or screeching sounds in the process. 

However, if you teach them how to talk or to sing, they will do so for their own enjoyment.

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