Species Profile: Meet the Cockatiel

 

Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus

Family: Psittacidae

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

Origins:
Australia

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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