Can Cockatiels Be Kept Outside?

Cockatiels have a fairly fragile system.

Their body temperature can easily overheat or drop too low, so temperature control is a very important thing to keep in mind when keeping a pet cockatiel outside.

If you plan to keep your pet cockatiel outside, keep an eye on the outside temperature and weather conditions such as wind and rain.

With winter just around the corner it’s important that you keep your cockatiel inside the house

In this article we’re going to talk about the following

  • Can you put your cockatiel cage outside?
  • What temperature can a cockatiel tolerate?
  • Can cockatiels survive in the wild?

So if you’re interested in making sure your tiel is safe whether they are inside or outside then your’e going to love this article

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

Can I Put My Cockatiel Cage Outside?

In short, the answer to this question is yes.

However, there are some key things to watch for.

Some bird owners prefer to keep their feathered friends outside as it might be easier to deal with the dust and feathers that come with owning a bird.

Cockatiels can definitely survive outdoors, especially in the ideal temperature range, but it is not always ideal for them.

Here are some reasons why it may not be a good idea to keep your cockatiel outside:

  • Wind can easily change and blow your bird’s cage over, which can result in injuring or even killing your pet.
  • It will be harder to bond with your bird if it is kept outdoors since it will not spend as much time with you.
  • Sudden temperature drops or rises can be extremely dangerous for cockatiels.
  • Winter time will see temperatures drop to freezing which can ultimately cause death to your bird

The best compromise would be to bring your bird outside for short amounts of time.

If you need to do a deep clean of the house or are hosting some guests, there is no problem with keeping the birdcage outside for a few hours.

Doing so can actually benefit the cockatiels health since some essential vitamins like Vitamin D only come from the sun. 

Or you could build an outdoor aviary

It’s big and will let allow your cockatiel to roam around whilst being safe

If you’re thinking of building an aviary and don’t know how to start, have a look at this guide called

“How to build an aviary”

Definitely worth to have a look and if you’re a DIY person then I’m sure you’ll love building an aviary

Your bird will love you for it too!

What Temperature Can a Cockatiel Tolerate?

Cockatiels are native to Australia, found throughout most of the country, but they are almost always found near bodies of water.

In their natural habitat, they can experience temperatures toppling 100 degrees Fahrenheit as well as getting down to below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, in captivity, their resilience differs.

Cockatiels thrive at 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is always safest to keep them inside at room temperature.

If it drops below 40 degrees, they will be at risk of hypothermia, which happens when their body temperature drops dangerously low due to the outside temperature being too cold.

Birds do not always express themselves, so it is important to look out for signs of hypothermia before it is too late.

Some signs of hypothermia include:

  • Fluffed-up feathers: they do not only fluff their feathers when they are comfortable, sometimes this can be because their body temperature is dropping.
  • Tucked beak: if you notice that your cockatiel is tucking its beak into its neck or back, it is likely protecting its head from the cold.
  • Poor grooming: normally birds groom or preen themselves often and will keep themselves nice and clean. A poorly preened bird is a sign of bad health and can occur if a bird is experiencing hypothermia and prioritizes survival.

Can Cockatiels Survive In The Wild?

As playful and affectionate as cockatiels can be, it can be a bit of worry that they may fly away.

If they do fly away, it may take some time to find your bird and unfortunately, many will not return. 

Untamed cockatiels that were captured and have had experience in the wild will likely survive because they will have experience fending for themselves.

However, when domesticated cockatiels fly away, they are unlikely to survive in the wild because they have become dependent on humans.

They have never had to forage for food or find shelter, so they will be lost on their own. 

If your bird does fly into the wild, start searching for it right away.

Most of the time, they will not go far from home so you may be able to find it. 

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Wrapping Up 

If you are thinking of leaving your cockatiel outside, it should be no problem for your bird, but keep an eye on our birdie!

You never know when the temperature might change or when strong winds may blow, which can spell disaster for your little bird.

Cockatiels are quite delicate animals and you should treat them as such.

It’s not ideal to keep them outside for this reason.

This does not mean you can’t leave your cockatiel outside at all.

If it’s a beautiful day with little to zero wind and no rain, you can certainly leave your bird outside for a little bit to enjoy some sun!

Ideally, they should be kept indoors where you know they are safe from predators

Also, if your cockatiel is indoors, you can bond with your bird too!