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Cockatiel

NYMPHICUS HOLLANDICUS

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Nymphicus hollandicus
Class: Bird
Length: 12 to 14 inches (30 to 36 centimeters)
Wingspan: 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 centimeters)
Weight: 3.2 ounces (91 grams)
Life span: 15 to 20 years
Number of eggs: 4 to 7 eggs
Incubation: 18 to 21 days
Conservation status: Least Concern

About

Fancy flyers

Cockatiels are super fast flyers, perhaps the fastest in Australia. They can fly up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) per hour!

More birds

Cockatiels are rarely found alone. Flocks from ten to several hundreds of birds can be seen flying long distances for food and water.

What a talker

Although parrots are known more for their talking, cockatiels can talk, too! Their voices sound very sing-song compared to human voices. Males talk more than females do, but both will whistle and peep. They are quite loud in the mornings to let their mate know where they are.

Two halves of a pair

Early in their lives, cockatiels choose mates that they will be loyal to for their whole lives. When a pair bond is initially formed, a male will choose a hollow place for a nest. He will inspect the area thoroughly and hop in and out of the hollow to signify to his mate that it is safe.

 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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