Nymphicus hollandicus


An unusual member of the cockatoo family, it is small in size, it 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.


The Cockatiel is widespread throughout Australia.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Cockatiel
Cockatiel Distribution Map


10 - 14 years.


The size of the Cockatiel is 30 - 33 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 93 grams.


Variety of grass seeds, nuts, fruits, berries and grain. They feed mainly on the ground and occasionally in trees.


Often seen in pairs or small flocks, in most types of open woodlands, scrublands and plains, usually near water.


They can breed at any time of the year usually in response to rain. Both share the incubation of the eggs, usually laid in hollows, high up in trees which they enter tail first. Around 2 - 9 eggs will be laid and incubated for about 19 days.