Cockatiel Night Frights
My cockatiel had a nightmare.
When your cockatiel gets scared at night and it starts flapping its wings, it's not that your cockatiel is having a bad dream, it's rather that your cockatiel just got "startle" or scared by something in the room.
For example moving shadows from a curtain or blinds, car lights, the shadow of you passing by can frighten your cockatiel. These reactions usually happen while you bird is trying to fall asleep.
If your cockatiel gets scared, it's very important to comfort him and reassure him that everything is OK.
Spend a few minutes petting it until it calms down.
While you pet your cockatiel, check for any injuries it might have suffered from flapping its wings.
Often cockatiels scrape their wings or break a blood feather while flapping their wings. If your cockatiel is bleeding, you will need to stop it quickly, in the case of a blood feather you will need to pull the blood feather out of your cockatiel can bleed to death very quickly. You should always have handy near by the cage Tweezers, a towel and Kwik Stop to treat the blood feather injury.
Make sure you cover its cage at night, and move it away from possible moving objects or light sources that might create shadows.
If the material you cover the cage is too light or semi-translucent, your cockatiel might see passing shadows that might startle your bird.