Nymphicus hollandicusGrey Cockatiel

 Family

  • Cacatuidae

Lifespan

  • 16-25 years

Size

  • Height: 12-14 inches head to tail
  • Weight: 88-178 grams

Origin

  • Australia

Habitat

  • Arid or semi-arid regions with plenty of cover such as trees
  • Always near a water source

Diet

  • Wild
    • Seeds, grains, and insect
  • Zoo
    • Cockatiel seed mixture, Mazuri brand Small Bird diet, and diced produce

ReproductionCockatiel Flock

  • Males: whistle and call frequently, brighter coloring, with no barring on tail feathers after the first molt
  • Females: generally quiet, lighter coloring, and bars on tail feathers remaining after the first molt
  • Cockatiels reach sexual maturity at 12-24 months
  • 5-10 eggs are laid and incubated for 17-24 days
  • Cockatiels often mate for life

 Facts/Info

  • Cockatiels are nomadic and will move from place to place as food and water sources become more or less prevalent
  • Cockatiels are social birds and are often seen in paired, in flocks of up to 100 individuals
  • Cockatiels are members of the parrot family and can mimic human speech, but do much better imitating sounds like bells and whistles
  • The cockatiel is the smallest, and one of the most widely spread species in the cockatoo family
  • Just like humans, cockatiels are the only living species in their genus

Conservation Status

  • IUCN: Least Concern
  • CITES: Not Listed

Sources

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