Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)


French: Calopsitte élégante German: Nymphensittich Spanish: Cacatúa ninfa

Psittacus hollandicus


, 1792,

New Holland = New South Wales, Australia




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


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


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


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


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. (2019). 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 on 11 December 2019).