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About Cockatiel (Click-Readmore)


Scientific name: Nymphicus hollandicus
Rank: Species
Mass: 90 g (Adult)
Length: 30 – 33 cm (Adult)
Lifespan: 10 – 14 years (In the wild)
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population stable)

The cockatiel, also known as weiro bird, or quarrion, is a small parrot that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed.


The "normal grey" or "wild-type" cockatiel plumage is primarily grey with prominent white flashes on the outer edges of each wing. The face of the male is yellow or white, while the face of the female is primarily grey or light grey, and both sexes feature a round orange area on both ears, often referred to as "cheddar cheeks". This orange colouration is generally vibrant in adult males, and often quite muted in females.

Distribution and habitat

Cockatiels are native to Australia, where they are found largely in arid or semi-arid country but always close to water. Largely nomadic, the species will move to where food and water is available. They are typically seen in pairs or small flocks.


Variety is the key to a healthy diet for any parrot, including cockatiels. Seeds can be a nutritious part of the diet, but they are high in fat. Seeds should be no more than 30 percent of the bird diet. Pelleted diets are often the right choice for birds as they are nutritionally balanced and birds cannot pick out their favourite seeds and leave the rest.