Cockatiel Fact Sheet

Class:
Aves
Order:
Psittaciformes
Family:
Cacatuidae
Genus:
Nymphicus
Species:
hollandicus
Lifespan:
10 – 14 years in the wild
15 – 25 years under human care
Gestation:
17 – 24 days
Number of Young:
4 – 7 eggs, laid every other day.
Size:
12 – 13 in. long
Weight:
3 – 6 oz
Reproduction:
Monogamous, and will form a bond that lasts throughout the year. Parenting is shared, with males incubating throughout the day, and female throughout the night. When the chicks hatch, males will hunt for food.
Range:
Native to Australia
Habitat:
Found mainly in arid or semi-arid country, but always close to water. They are nomadic, and will travel to wherever they can find food and water.
Diet:
Seeds, nuts, berries, and grain
Description:
Smallest member of the Cockatoo family. They have a long pointed tail that can make up half their length. Due to the pet trade, there are many different color varieties. They all have a crest on top of their head which they will use to signify their emotional state.

 

Fun Fact:

  • Both the male and female will incubate the eggs.

 

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