Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)


Taxonomy

French: Calopsitte élégante German: Nymphensittich Spanish: Cacatúa ninfa
Taxonomy:

Psittacus hollandicus

Kerr

, 1792,

New Holland = New South Wales, Australia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Irregular occurrence throughout interior of mainland Australia.

Descriptive notes

29–33 cm; c. 80–100 g. Mainly brownish grey, with long tail and long wispy crest. Male paler below with forehead, chin, throat and cheeks yellow, enclosing orange... read more

Voice

Plaintive “queel, queel-queel” or “weero”.

Habitat

Arid and semi-arid open country with water; savanna, open woodland, riverine forest, acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Wide variety of small seeds, usually gathered from the ground but also from standing crops such as sorghum and sunflower (sorghum is... read more

Breeding

Usually Aug–Dec in S Australia, more usually Apr–Jul in N of range. Nests on floor of a tree-hollow, lined with wood dust,... read more

Movements

Strong flier. Outside breeding season, forms large, nomadic flocks that follow the seeding of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Abundant, with overall population postulated to be in region of one million individuals. Large flocks may be regarded as pests by farmers growing... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54427 on 12 December 2018).