Cockatiels are intelligent creatures and need mental stimulation. Providing this stimulation and interaction is a great way to keep your bird happy and to form a deeper bond with it. You can also train it to do tricks:
Talk to your bird often, even reading it stories.
Start using instructions like “Up!” and “Down!” to coincide with its hopping on and off your finger.
Repetition is the key to getting him to perform an action according to your words.
If you aren’t available to interact with your bird, leave music or a radio on. Your bird may even imitate the song or any talking it hears.
Position the bird on a tennis ball and help practice balance. The bird will eventually go on the ball on its own.
Never yell at or hit your cockatiel.
When training a bird, focus on positive reinforcement at all times.
Try playing games with your cockatiel. Playing games can be a great way to help your cockatiel keep stimulated and learning new things. It may also help to your bird to bond with you. Try some of the following games out with your cockatiel:
Try dancing with your cockatiel. Move your head up and down, or side to side, to the beat of a song. Cockatiel’s have a sense of rhythm and will often move their head with you and the music.
Play music for your cockatiel. Playing an instrument, whistling, or singing can be entertaining for you bird. With enough exposure to certain songs, it may even learn to sing them back to you.
Play hide and seek with your bird. Take your bird into a room and gently set it down. Go around the corner to a new room and call out to your bird. Peak your head around the corner so you bird can see you and say “come find me!” before ducking back around the corner. When it find you, give your bird a head scratch and let it know how well it did.