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Common Name: Cockatiel
Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus

Size: 12-13 inches (30-33cm)

Habitat: Australia; widespread throughout mainland Australia, but is uncommon in Tasmania, with only a few sightings being reported to date. Throughout its range, the Cockatiel is strongly nomadic, moving around in response to the availability of food and water.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown.

Diet: Grass seeds, nuts, berries and grain. They may feed either on the ground or in trees, and always in groups of either small to large numbers.

Breeding: Cockatiels can breed at any time, usually in response to availability of water. Both sexes share the incubation of the eggs, which are laid in a hollow, high up in trees. Suitable nesting areas are close to water. Cockatiels enter the nest hollow tail first.

Cool facts: The cockatiel's scientific name “Nymphicus hollandicus” comes from one of the earliest groups of Europeans to see cockatiels in their native habitat. Travelers from Holland thought they were so beautiful that they named them after the mythical creatures, the nymphs. The species name refers to New Holland, an old name for Australia where they were found.

Cockatiels are more closely related to the Calyptorhynchinae family (black cockatoos) than to the Cacatuinae family (white cockatoos).

Cockatiels are one of the most popular companion birds due to their size, and mild temperment. While capable of speech, cockatiels are much better at mimicking whistles. The average lifespan of a cockatiel in captivity is generally 12-20 years.

Found in Pet Shop and Songbird ReMix Australia Volume III

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