Beautiful Grey Cockatiel.  Image by Drew Avery

A little bit about Cockatiels…

We were inches away from bringing home a beautiful Cockatiel years ago.  I loved my Budgie, but if I only had a few more dollars I think I would have had a bird just like the one pictured above.  I was a huge fan of the feathers standing up on the top of their head and I had several friends who owned Cockatiels of their own.  Maybe one is in store for me in the near future

Here’s a little more information about the Cockatiel from

The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, is a parrot endemic to Australia. 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.[2]

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 its own unique Cockatoo subfamily Nymphicinae. 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.

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Although we did our research almost thirty years ago I could use a little more information from the Cockatiel owners out there.  What do you think?  Is this a great bird for a novice bird owner?  Tell us about your experience in the comment section below.

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