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The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, is the smallest cockatoo endemic to Austrailia. They are prized as a household pet and companion parrot throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the Budgerigar (aka parakeet or budgie).
The cockatiel is the only member of the genus Nymphicus. It was previously considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo; however, more recent molecular studies have assigned it to the Cockatoo subfamily Calyptorhynchinae (commonly known as Dark Cockatoos). It is, therefore, now classified as the smallest of the Cacatuidae (Cockatoo family). Cockatiels are native to the outback regions of inland Australia, and favour the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bush lands.
The Webster dictionary describes the cockatiel as follows:
a small, crested, long-tailed Australian parrot, Nymphicushollandicus, often kept as a pet.
|Origins:||The Austrailian Continent|
|Original Species Name:||Nymphicus hollandicus|
|Average Size:||12 to 14 inches long|
|Average Weight:||From 88 to 178 grams|
|Average Life:||16-25 years|
|Best Nutrition:||variety is the key, fresh veggies and fruits, seeds & pellets|
|Vocals:||They rather whistling than talking. Males are the best.|
|Popularity:||One of the most popular pet birds in the US|
|Sexual Maturity:||12 to 24 months.|
|Egg Incubation Time:||17 to 24 days|
|Weaning Age for Chicks:||8 weeks|
|Eggs:||Average laid 5 to 10|
|Average cost:||$40 to $150|
|Vet Visits:||At least once a year for a full check up|