Observations from Angela Lennox, DVM:

So How Long Can Cockatiels Live?

Last week one of our favorite friends and clients let us know they lost their wonderful pet cockatiel Popcorn last November.

The family moved out of state years ago, but made sure to let us know about Popcorn’s passing. Popcorn was born in 1989, which would make him 29 years old!

His owner Sharon says he survived two Yorkshire terriers, two ferrets, a Dalmatian and a Golden retriever. Congratulations, Popcorn! Your family will miss you.

We generally see cockatiels living into their teens, but older than that is quite unusual!

Popcorn would not be the oldest cockatiel on record, however. The Guinness book of World Records lists “Sunshine”, who was reported to be 32 years old in 2016:

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-cockatiel/