Best Cockatiel Cage Options For Your Feathered Friend

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If you arrived here because you are trying to choose the best cockatiel cage for your new pet bird, we are glad you are here!

We have so much wonderful cockatiel cage information to share with you.

Choosing the best bird cage for a cockatiel means looking at cockatiel cage size, safe cage bar spacing, door size and type, proper cage size for one or more than one bird, breeding, nesting, travel, and more.

We have assembled a carefully curated selection of the best cockatiel cage options in several categories to help you choose!

Best cockatiel cage

Cockatiel bird cages come in all shapes and sizes depending on what you plan to use them for (breeding, nesting, travel, home, and so on).

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Whatever you’ll use your new cockatiel cage for, the following notes are critical for the health and safety of your new pet!

1. Cage door

Be sure the cage door isn’t the type that can swing down and hurt or kill your bird as she enters or exits the cage.

This door type is called a “guillotine door” for a reason.

Rather, choose a cage where the door opens to one side or the other or opens out from a bottom hinge (NOT a top hinge).

Also be aware that cockatiels can be escape artists, so choose a door with a “bird-proof” locking mechanism as well as secure locking for any removable accessories like food and water dishes.

2. Cage bar spacing

Cockatiels are very smart and curious and can easily get their heads, tails, wings or feet caught in too-tight or too-wide spaces.

The safest cage bar spacing for a cockatiel cage is one-half inch to 5/8-inch and no larger.

Smaller cage bar spacing is fine if you happen to find it on a suitably roomy cockatiel cage.

3. Width versus height

Cockatiels fly side to side more than up and down, so achieving sufficient cockatiel cage width is more important than adding more height.

Cockatiel cage size

The best bird cage for cockatiel will always be a large cockatiel cage – the larger the better, especially if your cockatiel is flighted (wings are not clipped).

Veterinarians, breeders and owners all agree that the minimum cage size for a home cockatiel cage (the cage your pet bird will spend the most time in) should be 18 x 18 x 18 inches.

If your pet bird will spend a lot of time outside the cage during the day, the minimum cage size may suffice.

Otherwise, you never want to settle for the minimum cage size if you have the space to offer a larger cockatiel cage.

A roomy cockatiel cage for one or two cockatiels might measure 20 x 24 x 20 or even 20 x 30 x 20 inches.

Cockatiel travel cage

A cockatiel travel cage is the perfect accessory for taking your bird to the vet or anywhere else you want to go together, even if it is just out on the porch.

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Shannon’s cockatiel Pearl, ready to go out in her travel cage

For longer journeys, you actually want something small to keep your bird safely contained on car rides.

Different cockatiel owners have different preferences for cage type, but a partial or full wire cage will offer the best ventilation.

All three of these cages can typically be belted into a standard front passenger seat.

Kaytee Me Travel Carrier

This simple and lightweight travel cage has a top door and a top carry handle.

It also comes with a perch you can add if desired.

The cage dimensions are 10.25 x 16.5 x 10.33 inches.

This cage weighs 2.61 pounds.

Prevue Pet Products Travel Carrier for Birds

This heavy-duty travel cage would work well to transport one or two cockatiels.

The dimensions are 18.75 x 14.88 x 18 inches with ½-inch cage bar spacing and a front side-opening door.

This cage weighs 14 pounds – reviewers praise it’s quality and sturdiness, but say it is heavy.

Caitec Perch N Go Polycarbonate Bird Carrier

This high quality and durable travel cage features solid clear sides with a front stainless steel lockable side-opening wire bar door and a back wire bar panel for ventilation and a top carry handle.

The dimensions are 10 x 12 x 15 inches and it weighs 6.5 pounds.

Cockatiel cage with stand

While not all cockatiel owners prefer to use a stand with their bird’s cage, the stand can offer some perks.

All three of these cockatiel cages come with a rolling stand on casters, which makes it easy to move your bird’s cage as you desire.

ZENY Bird Cage Wrought Iron Pet Bird Cage

This cockatiel cage comes in three sizes for one, two or more cockatiels and you can order it with or without the rolling stand.

 The cage bar spacing is ½-inch and the door opens sideways.

The stand includes a handy lower platform for storing seed and supplies.

Yaheetech Wrought Iron Bird Cage with Large Play Top

This durable and sturdy cockatiel cage includes a rolling stand and a seed guard.

The large door opens sideways and the bar spacing is 0.6-inch.

The dimensions of the cage itself (not with the seed guard or stand) are 18 x 18 x 35 inches.

The play top offers extra space for out-of-cage time and it even comes with its own slide-out tray for easy cleaning.

If you prefer it in black, SuperDealUSA offers the black version.

Prevue Pet Products Wrought Iron Bird Cage with Cagetop Play Area

You can choose from four sizes and several unique cage colors for this high-quality cockatiel cage.

 Cage sizing can accommodate up to four cockatiels.

It comes with a rolling stand and seed guard.

The cage top play area has its own slide-out cleaning tray as well.

Cockatiel cages for two birds

Housing two cockatiels together can work as long as the two birds get along or you are trying to encourage breeding of a mated pair.

Here, you just want to select a cockatiel cage that is roomy enough to give each bird some space to fly, play, eat, nest and rest.

Hq Flight Cage, Multi Purpose Aviary with Cart Stand

This multi-purpose cage comes with its own rolling stand that has a lower storage tray.

The dimensions are 32 x 21 x 60 inches and the double doors open sideways.

The bar spacing isn’t listed but owners say it is sufficiently small to be safe for a cockatiel.

Owners say the double doors can double as nest box doors if you are looking for a cockatiel breeding cage.

Petcage Mart Bird Cage

The dimensions on this lovely antique-style cockatiel cage are 20 x 20 x 65 inches with 5/8-inch bar spacing.

The door is unique – there is a smaller center door that opens down and a larger door around it that swings open to the side.

This cage sits on an antique-style rolling cart stand with a lower level for storage. The curved top opens up to form a play station.

Prevue Pet Products Pagoda Cockatiel Cage

This gorgeous pagoda-style cockatiel cage sits on a low rolling stand and features a seed guard.

There is an upper and a lower door – both open down.

The dimensions are 22 x 28 x 58.5 inches and the cage has 5/8-inch bar spacing.

Cockatiel flight cage

As the name implies, a cockatiel flight cage is designed to give flighted cockatiels a roomier safe indoor area for exercising and flying.

A flight cage is a must for flighted birds to keep them strong and healthy.

Prevue Hendryx Pet Products Wrought Iron Flight Cage

Choose from two sizes: Large (31 x 20.5 x 53 inches), X-Large (37 x 23 x 60 inches).

Both flight cages feature ½-inch cage bar spacing and the double doors open sideways.

Choose from two colors: black or white.

Either flight cage could accommodate one or two cockatiels for flight time.

Large Double Flight Cage with Slide Out Divider

This substantial wrought iron double cage can be used as-is or with the optional divider accessory.

It comes on a rolling dual stand with a lower shelf for storage.

The cage doors open sideways.

Owners say each side will also comfortably accommodate two cockatiels as a daily cage.

The full dimensions are 63 x 19 x 64 inches.

Mcage Large Wrought Iron Flight Cage

The dimensions on this flight cage are 32 x 19 x 64 inches and the cage bar spacing is ½-inch.

The single large front door opens to the side.

It comes with a rolling stand that has a lower storage shelf.

Two or three cockatiels could fit inside nicely for a regular cage as well.

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We hope you have enjoyed learning more about all the different types of cockatiel cage options available to you today as a bird owner.

Have you found your new pet cockatiel’s perfect cage from the lists here?

When you decide, please post a comment to let us know which cockatiel cage you chose – we love to learn from our readers!


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Paur, P., et al, “Children and Cockatiels,” Mt. Rushmore Birds, 2017.

McElveen, J., “Cockatiel Breeding…Just the Basics,” American Cockatiel Society, 2017.

Greeson, L., “Cockatiels – Advice from a Breeder,” 2000.

Dietz Kumar, J., VMD, “Cockatiel Care,” South Coast Pet Hospital, 2012.


  1. I read your advice for cockatiels, how do I go about ordering a book under sources? where do I look for birdsitting? I live in new York queens, I have been looking. maybe you can help me. thanks evelyn


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