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:

Four to 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.

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Facts:

  • Both the male and female will incubate the eggs.