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.