Do Cockatiels Understand Kisses? (You Must Know)

Many people around the world have cockatiels as pets. Cockatiels, no doubt, can make excellent pets. But there are a lot of questions that cockatiel owners have in their mind regarding their pet birds. One of the most frequently asked questions is – Do cockatiel understand kisses?

Cockatiels do understand kisses and will know that you love them. These birds love attention and affection. If you have a pet cockatiel that has bonded with you, a kiss on the top of its beak or head will not frighten your pet bird.

Your cockatiel might not kiss you back, but will return your affection in other ways.

Cockatiels show affection by rubbing their head against you, sitting on your shoulder, and sitting in your hand. However, you can teach a bonded cockatiel to ‘kiss’ you with training.

Do Cockatiels Like Being Kissed?

A cockatiel’s reaction to being kissed depends on the individual animal.

Cockatiels have firm boundaries around human contact. If your pet shies away from being touched, kissing is inadvisable.

Your cockatiel could misunderstand your intentions. This will result in biting and scratching.

You’ll know if your cockatiel enjoys being kissed. Cockatiels do not tolerate anything they consider unpleasant.

If your pet does not want the experience, it will fly away. Acknowledge this, and do not repeat the action in the future.

Some cockatiels enjoy being kissed. If your cockatiel responds appropriately, it’s safe to kiss your bird.

How Do You Teach A Cockatiel To Kiss?

You can train your cockatiel to ‘kiss’ you, or other cockatiels, using a command word.

By saying “kisses” before you act, an association is forged in your pet’s mind.

Be aware that cockatiels do not kiss in the same way as humans. It will just rub its beak against you and can make clicking noises. These are signs of affection in cockatiels. A clicking sound, in particular, is a huge compliment.

Allow your cockatiel to grow used to the “kisses” command. Try it while sitting or lying close to your pet. If your bond is strong, it will respond with head rubs or a clicking sound.

Is It Ok To Kiss A Cockatiel?

If you are healthy and your cockatiel enjoys being kissed, it’s usually safe. Follow these precautions:

  • Please do not pick up your cockatiel forcefully; rather let them come to you.
  • Do not loom over your cockatiel or lunge at her suddenly
  • Pet your cockatiel before kissing, even if it’s just for a few seconds
  • Precede the action with a command or word. “Kisses” is fine
  • Kiss the ‘sweet spot’ at the top of your cockatiel’s head or beak.

Using a command word informs your pet cockatiel of your intention. It will expect a kiss on the head or its beak after you speak.

This will prevent her from becoming frightened by your movement. It also forges a positive association with this word.

Besides this, there are three situations in which you should never kiss a cockatiel:

  • Never kiss a nervous, agitated, or anxious cockatiel.
  • Never kiss a cockatiel if you have a cold sore.
  • Never kiss a cockatiel if you’re pregnant or have compromised immunity.

Acting against this advice might place you and your pet bird at risk.

Do Cockatiels Know You Love Them?

Cockatiels are social and intelligent birds. They will know that you love them; you will learn to have to say “I love you!” in a way they will understand.

If you see that the cockatiel has a relaxed posture and is calm when you approach it, it usually is comfortable around you.

Besides, a cockatiel that dances and moves its head is usually a sign that it is happy to see you and feels good. Also, if a cockatiel starts rubbing its beak against you, it wants to show affection for you.

How To Show A Cockatiel You Love Them?

Kissing a cockatiel on the top of its beak or head is an excellent way to tell your bird you love them.

However, if your bird does not respond to this gesture of yours, you can surely use an alternative.

There are some common ways by which you can convey to your bird that you love them.

Understanding Your Cockatiels Needs

Cockatiels cannot communicate with us in words. Therefore, you must be a cockatiel owner to meet the requirements of your birds without being asked.

If all your birds’ requirements are met, it will enhance your bond with your bird.

You must also ensure that the cage you provide your bird with is not too small. Cockatiels need adequate space in their cage to live a healthy and happy life.

Cockatiels need to be constantly stimulated, both mentally and physically.

Let Them Make The First Move

Like any other animal, cockatiels are unaccustomed to their surroundings, a new routine, strange noises, or a new owner might be skittish and nervous.

Whether your pet cockatiel is new to you, before you try to step up your bonding game, let them come to you.

Please make yourself available by sitting nearby when they have out-of-habitat time, but don’t approach them immediately.

Let them get used to your presence first. Who knows? Maybe, after a while, they’ll feel comfortable approaching you.

Affection Through Attention

Like any relationship, spending time together is also a way to show affection. So spend time every day devoted solely to your cockatiel.

Sit by your cockatiel’s cage, so they can readily interact with you, and try not to get too distracted by your phone or the TV.

The attention will make your bird happy and help meet its socialization needs.

Make sure to schedule parts of your day to give attention to your cockatiel.

The time and attention will not go unrecognized by your bird, and they’ll know how much you love them.

Give Your Cockatiel Yummy Treats

The easiest way to a cockatiel’s heart is through its stomach.

Cockatiels will love all the treats you can give them. So if you want to let your cockatiel know how much you love them, give them a small piece of their favorite treat.

To tell your cockatiel you love them, you must keep the treats to a minimum. Too many sugary treats will end up causing health problems in the long run.


Hello, I am Mohini, the founder of this blog. I am a qualified Animal Nutrition. I am here to help everyone understand their pets better.

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