Description: The Cockatiel is an unusual member of the cockatoo family. It is small in size, and has a slender body and long pointed tail, which are more the characteristics of the smaller parrots. Its plumage is mostly grey, paler below, with a white wing patch, orange cheeks and a distinctive pointed crest. The male can be identified by its bright yellow forehead, face and crest. Young Cockatiels resemble the adult female, although the young males usually have a brighter yellow face.

Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus

Size: 30-33cm in length and weighs approximately 93 grams

Food: Cockatiels feed on a variety of grass seeds, nuts, berries and grain. They may feed either on the ground or in trees, and always in small to large numbers.

Where Found: The Cockatiel is widespread throughout mainland Australia, but is uncommon in Tasmania.

Habitat: Inhabits open country, usually near water. It is common throughout its range, especially in the north and the more arid inland areas.

Breeding: Breeding season is most common between July and December but can breed at any time. The female will choose and prepare the nesting site, usually up high in a hollow tree. 2-9 eggs will be laid, both the male and the female will incubate the eggs for about 19 days. The young will usually stay in the nest for a further 30 days after hatching.

Nymphicus hollandicus


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