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Cockatiel  (Nymphicus hollandicus)

Also Known As: Quarrion
 
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Cockatiel male on branch

Credit: © Ian Montgomery | http://birdway.com.au


 
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Did You Know?
The Cockatiel is one of only two species of parrot that have crests and long tails, the other being the Horned Parakeet.

Status in the Wild
World Population:
Above 1,000,000

Range: Found throughout Australia, mainly in semi-arid regions.

Habitat:
Occurs in semi-arid areas, absent from wetter coastal areas; found in open woodland, acacia scrub, riverine forest, spinifex, farmland, orchards, savannas and along roadsides. Up to 400m (1312 ft).

Threat Summary:
Appears to be none, in fact, this species appears to have benefited from the addition of artificial watering for agriculture throughout its range.

IUCN Rating:
Least concern

Wild Diet:
Feeds mainly on seeds, especially acacias and wheat.

CITES Rating:
Not available

Ecology:
Northern birds are nomadic, southern birds are seasonal migrants.

Clutch and Egg Size:
1 to 7, rounded eggs, 24.5 x 19 mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:
North, April-July; south, August-December.

Links to Other Project(s):
http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/WR9870105.htm

http://www.jstor.org/pss/4087451

More Info Sites:
http://www.cockatiel.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatiel

http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/abstract/206/8/1363

http://www.oiseaux.net/birds/distribution/cockatiel.html

http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Nymphicus-hollandicus