Species Profile: Meet the Cockatielby Jessica Pineda
Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus
Size: 13 inches from head to tail.
Life Span: 10 to 14 years is the norm, but some live as long as 20 years in our homes
Physical Description: In the wild, mostly gray with white on their wings, yellow faces and bright orange cheek patches. Numerous color mutations in captivity.
Habitat: Arid and semi-arid region of Australia mainland.
Food: Pellets, fruits and vegetables and some seed.
Enclosure Needs: A minimum cage that is 24 inches long and 24 inches tall. Make sure there is a pull-out tray to make cleaning the bottom easier, and provide fresh food and water daily. Provide plenty of toys. Consider adding ground foraging opportunities, like a special tray covered in small pebbles where a cockatiel has to dig around for their food.
Interesting Fact: Cockatiels are the smallest member of the cockatoo family.
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