Pied Cockatiel

The pied cockatiel is a mutation of the normal gray cockatiel, also known as the wild type cockatiel. It was bred in San Diego, California by a Mr. D. Putman after decades of attempting to breed a cockatiel mutation. It is one of the most delightful birds to have as a companion and as such has gained a stellar reputation due to its easy availability.

Pied Cockatiel

Pied Cockatiel

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily Cacatuoidea
Family Cacatuidae
Subfamily Nymphicinae
Genus Nymphicus
Scientific Name Nymphicus hollandicus


Quick Information

Other Names Variegated cockatiel, Harlequin cockatiel, pied tiel, ADM pied cockatiel, recessive pied cockatiel
Size 12 in (30.5 cm)
Weight 3-4 oz (85-113 g)
Color Orange patches on the cheeks, light yellow to gray and white feathers.

Sexually dimorphic but differences between male and female can only be seen with a DNA test

Vocalizations Most common vocalization include a tweet, ‘eek-eek,’ males tend to whistle more; they may learn to speak with adequate training but their voice isn’t easily legible
Clutch About 5 eggs
Incubation Period 17-22 days
Fledging 35 days
Breeding Age 1.5-2 years
Lifespan 16-25 years
Lutino Pied Cockatiel

Lutino Pied Cockatiel

Color mutations

  • Cinnamon pied cockatiel
  • Whiteface pied cockatiel
  • Lutino pied cockatiel
  • Pearl pied cockatiel
Cinnamon Pied Cockatiel

Cinnamon Pied Cockatiel

Pearl Pied Cockatiel

Pearl Pied Cockatiel

Whiteface Pied Cockatiel

Whiteface Pied Cockatiel

As pets

As is the case with all cockatiel mutations, pied cockatiels make wonderful pets because of their comical ways, inquisitive and friendly nature.


Provide your bird with a spacious cage, as that is a must for cockatiels if it is to be in there for extended periods. Ideal dimensions for the cage should be at least 24”x18”x18”. Provide perches for the bird to sit on, and playpens if you can afford one, this can help it to keep itself occupied for hours on end.

White Faced Pied Cockatiel

White Faced Pied Cockatiel

Pied Cockatiel Pictures

Pied Cockatiel Pictures


Average room temperature should be fine for a pied cockatiel. Make sure there are no radical changes in temperature and if so adjust accordingly. Keep it away from drafts.

Temperament & Behavior

Pied cockatiels are very social birds, be it with their own kind, or with the owner. They love to get attention from their owners but are also equally adept at spending time by themselves in their cages. They have very gentle personalities and are perfect pets for somebody who has not had a bird as a pet before.


Foods that you can provide your bird with regularly are fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, sprouts and pellets.


Fresh foods and water are required to be given to the bird on a daily basis. Clean its cage twice a week. It needs to be bathed at least thrice a week so use a spray mist on it or get it a bird bath. It needs to sleep for at least 8 hours during the night to ensure good health.

Pied Cockatiel Female

Pied Cockatiel Female

Pied Cockatiels

Pied Cockatiels

Health problems

Although pied cockatiels are mostly hardy birds with health complications few and far between, some of the ailments that do plague it are:

  • Overgrown nails and beaks
  • Feather picking
  • Weight loss
  • Feather cysts
  • Heat stroke
  • Watery eyes
  • Psittacosis
  • Coccidiosis
  • Goiter
  • Bacterial infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Rheumatism
  • Egg binding


A pied cockatiel is likely to cost around $200.

Interesting facts

  • The pied cockatiel is the first mutation of the cockatiel species.
  • There are two loose variations of pied cockatiels, the ‘heavy pied’ and the ‘light pied’ types.

Pied cockatiel video


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_cockatiel
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatiel
  3. https://petkeen.com/pied-cockatiel/
  4. https://exoticbirds.life/blog/cockatiels-charm/
  5. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/cockatiels/PiedCockatiel.php
  6. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/cockatiels/CockatielProfile.htm#Handling
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatiel_colour_genetics

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