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200+ Cockatiel Names: Awesome Names for Your Unique Bird

Chantelle Fowler

By Chantelle Fowler

cockatiel on branch

So, you’re adopting a brand new cockatiel? Congratulations! Bringing home a new pet is always an exciting time. Once you’ve purchased all the essentials and had time to get to know your new bird, you may struggle to choose a name that suits them perfectly. Picking a name is essential, especially since your cockatiel can live to be 15 years old!

Keep reading to find our tips on choosing the perfect name for your new pet and over 200 name options!

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How to Choose a Name for Your Cockatiel

There is no right or wrong way to choose a name for your cockatiel. You can simply browse our list below and pick one that “feels right” to you. Alternatively, you can be a bit more intentional with your bird naming by following our tips below.

1. Consider Personal Meaning

You might consider giving your new addition a name that has some kind of significance to you. Maybe your bird was a gift from someone special in your life, and you want to name them after that person or something that reminds you of them. Maybe there’s someplace special in the world that has your heart, and you wish to commemorate that place by giving its name to your bird.

Cinnamon cockatiel
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2. Consider Their Appearance

Another excellent tip for picking a name for your animal is to consider its appearance. Is there something unique about your bird’s appearance that would make a good name? If, for some reason, your cockatiel has only one leg, Happy Foot, would be a cute name. A pirate-inspired name like Blackbeard or Jack Sparrow for a one-eyed cockatiel would be cute, too.

Your bird doesn’t have to have some kind of disability for its name to be inspired by its appearance. A little later in our article, we will review potential cockatiel names based on their coloring.

3. Pick Something You’re Comfortable Saying

Not only should your bird’s name be something you can easily pronounce, but it should also roll off the tongue. This will help you when training your cockatiel as it will be easier for them to learn their own name.

You should also consider keeping your bird’s name PG. Remember, at some point, you’ll have to take it to the vet, and you don’t want to tell the vet and their receptionist the profane or spicy name you’ve chosen.

Top 25 Female Cockatiel Names

  • Duchess
  • Peaches
  • Jewel
  • Millie
  • Ava
  • Pixie
  • Ellie
  • Velvet
  • Aphrodite
  • Diva
  • Lucy
  • Roxy
  • Maisy
  • Adele
  • Madonna
  • Miley
  • Daphne
  • Fantasia
  • Kylie
  • Marmalade
  • Lulu
  • Penelope
  • Skittles
  • Stella
  • Tiffany
cockatiel in snow
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Top 25 Male Cockatiel Names

  • Argyle
  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Paulie
  • Scout
  • Charley
  • Ajax
  • Maverick
  • Jack
  • Jett
  • Romeo
  • Elvis
  • Paco
  • Handsome
  • Rocky
  • Albus
  • Casper
  • Walt
  • Eddie
  • Zeus
  • Ozzy
  • Oliver
  • Sherman
  • Cricket
  • Romeo
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Top 25 Unisex Cockatiel Names

Male and female cockatiels look pretty similar when they’re young. Around six to nine months, your baby will molt for the first time and grow new plumage. This plumage can help you determine the sex of your bird. Male cockatiels typically have more vivid orange spots and bright yellow faces. Females will still have orange spots, but they’re not as bright, and their faces tend to be more of a muted yellow or even grey.

If you don’t want to wait for your baby cockatiel to grow their adult plumage, a unisex name might be your best option.

  • Pancake
  • Cuddles
  • Aussie
  • Snickers
  • Birdie
  • Harley
  • Whiskey
  • Beaker
  • Bobo
  • Bubba
  • Chirpy
  • Cocktail
  • Flappy
  • Freebird
  • Kiwi
  • Peepers
  • Roo
  • Ruffles
  • Speckles
  • Zippy
  • Baby
  • Mojo
  • Pippin
  • Beaky
  • Peck
Cinnamon cockatiel in black background
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Top 60 Cockatiel Names Inspired by Color

Cockatiels come in a variety of bright colors. You might draw inspiration for their name from the most prominent color on their bodies.


  • Banana
  • Buttercup
  • Daffodil
  • Goldie
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Marigold
  • Pumpkin
  • Sunshine
  • Sunny
  • Tangerine
  • Sol
  • Nacho
  • Citrus
  • Honeycomb
  • Honey
  • Nacho
  • Dandelion
  • Blondie
  • Curry
  • Sunflower
  • Twinkie
  • Amber
Lutino cockatiel
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  • Ashes
  • Cinder
  • Ice
  • Misty
  • Mercury
  • Pepper
  • Stormy
  • Heather
  • Slate
  • Pluto
  • Sterling
  • Thunder
  • Mercury
  • Shadow
  • Silver
white faced cockatiel
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  • Snow
  • Snowflake
  • Alaska
  • Arctic
  • Snowball
  • Dove
  • Crystal
  • Cotton
  • Blizzard
  • Milky
  • Shimmer
  • Sugar
  • Cottontail
  • Pearl
  • Dazzle
  • Coconut
  • Marshmallow
  • Moonshine
  • Opal
  • Elsa
  • Olaf
  • Avalanche
blue White cockatiel
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Top 30 Cockatiel Names Inspired by Nature

Cockatiels are native to Australia and are almost always found near the water. You might consider giving your new bird a name inspired by nature and its natural habitat.

  • Daisy
  • Camellia
  • Tulip
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Lily
  • Fern
  • Flora
  • Iris
  • Jasmine
  • Nova
  • Aurora
  • Petunia
  • Rose
  • Petal
  • Sage
  • Sweetpea
  • Star
  • Willow
  • Huckleberry (Huck)
  • Juniper
  • Lark
  • Oriel
  • Wren
  • Jade
  • Luna
  • Moss
  • Quill
  • Cosmo
Parakeet Cockatiel
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Top 32 Cockatiel Names Inspired by Famous Birds 32

  • Daffy (Looney Tunes)
  • Zazu (The Lion King)
  • Tweety (Looney Tunes)
  • Woodstock (Peanuts)
  • Blu (Rio)
  • Foghorn Leghorn (Looney Tunes)
  • Huey (Disney)
  • Dewey (Disney)
  • Louie (Disney)
  • Woody (Woody Woodpecker Show)
  • Iago (Aladdin)
  • Daisy (Disney)
  • Scuttle (The Little Mermaid)
  • Archimedes (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Flit (Pocahontas)
  • Diablo (Sleeping Beauty)
  • José Carioca (The Three Caballeros)
  • Buckbeak (Harry Potter)
  • Fawkes (Harry Potter)
  • Yakky Doodle (Yogi Bear)
  • Chicken Little (Chicken Little)
  • Howard (Howard: A New Breed of Hero)
  • Hedwig (Harry Potter)
  • Private (Madagascar)
  • Kowalski (Madagascar)
  • Rico (Madagascar)
  • Nigel (Finding Nemo)
  • Kevin (Up)
  • Heihei (Moana)
  • Pidgeot (Pokémon)
  • Vullaby (Pokémon)
  • Chatot (Pokémon)
white faced cockatiel on a tree
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Cockatiel Names for Pairs

If you’re welcoming two new cockatiels into your home, you might consider giving them names that play off one another.

  • Jack and Jill
  • Abbott and Costello
  • Adam and Eve
  • Nemo and Dory
  • Ren and Stimpy
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Mario and Luigi
  • Woody and Buzz Lightyear
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Mickey and Minnie
  • Rick and Morty
  • Pooh and Tigger
  • Bert and Ernie
  • Fred and Barney
  • Wilma and Betty
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Chip and Dale
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Snoopy and Woodstock
  • Scooby and Shaggy
  • Spongebob and Patrick
  • Bugs and Daffy
  • Chandler and Joey
  • Tweety and Sylvester
two cockatiels on a tree branch
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Final Thoughts

Naming your cockatiel is a big deal and not a decision you should take lightly. Give yourself time to get to know your new pet before settling on a name. Remember, you’ll have them for around 15 years, so it won’t be a problem taking a week or two to find the perfect name.

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