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The cockatiel is the smallest and most widespread of all the cockatoos. They are commonly kept as pets.

About cockatiels

Common NameCockatiel
Scientific NameNymphicus hollandicus
Native toAustralia
Natural HabitatOpen habitats, including open woodland, scrubland, farmland, orchards, savanna and urban parkland
DietMostly seeds, but also berries, other fruits and nectar
Life Expectancy10-14 years in the wild, but up to 36 years in captivity
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (3.1)

About our cockatiels

We have a flock of 19 cockatiels.

They are housed with our superb parrots, love birds and budgerigars.

How we care for our cockatiels

Our cockatiels are housed in our Birds of the World Aviary, in our arboretum.

They have a large outdoor aviary with mesh panels, with branching for perching and double mesh to protect them from predators.

They also have an indoor aviary, with nest boxes, perching branches and their feeding and water stations.

Our cockatiels are fed a combination of bird seed and fresh fruit and vegetables.

How you can help cockatiels

Although they are not threatened in the wild, you can help cockatiels by:

  • making sure that you don't buy wild caught animals as pets
  • making sure that you don't release pet animals into the wild
  • thinking carefully before buying exotic pets - they can be difficult to look after and require specialist care