Cockatiel

Cockatiel

Within the species of each bird there are some that have managed to swing in the top positions as the best. For example, when you think of a cockatoo, how can a person not think of the name of the cockatiel cockatoo?

An exemplary bird

The cockatiel cockatoo, known by the scientific name Nymphicus hollandicus and the common name cocotilla or carolina, is an endemic species of Australia and one of the most common pet birds in the world. In fact, it is often recommended when choosing a cockatoo as a pet.

Nymphicus hollandicus

It usually inhabits the interior of Australia, in open areas close to large bodies of water, and is very rare in Tasmania. A nomadic species that changes homes based on the availability of water and food.

And how is this bird?

The truth is that to be a cockatoo, it could be classified as small, since it measures between 25-33 centimeters based on the specimen. For many years it had been classified as a member of the family of the parrots encrested, but after many years of study it ended up becoming a separate family within the species Cacatuidae.

It is characterized by its erectile crest, in contrast to the rest of its family members, and by very long feathers on its tail, which can represent half its size. Its plumage is usually grey in colour, with an orange stain on its cheek.

It could be said that it is easy to tell the male from the female, since the female has rows of yellow dots under the wing, with a yellow bar at the tips of the tail, while the males have nothing. The young, when they are young, are identical to the females, so it is very difficult to differentiate the sex of these until they change their feathers.

Although it is part of the cockatoo family, it is not as long-lived as the rest of its relatives, as the average life expectancy of a nymph cockatoo is usually around 15 years.

The perfect pet

It is no wonder that this species has been labeled as the “ideal pet” for those who are thinking of having a bird. To begin with, it is a bird that quickly gets used to the contact with the human being and that many have managed to train it with great success. Males sing and can learn to imitate a few words, as they are very intelligent birds, but their greatest virtue is to learn to imitate melodies or sounds. They will need a little training, about 5 – 10 minutes a day, to memorize the different words or sounds you want to learn.

It is true that it is a smaller bird than the rest of its relatives, but it does not need a smaller cage. On the contrary, it is very flying, and the bigger its cage, the better for your nymph cockatoo. It loves to fly this one, but much more so in freedom. When asked if it can be loose at home, like other cockatoos, it’s best to wait until it’s used to following your orders, otherwise she might try to escape through a window. You’d better keep it in the cage until you get it to sit in your hand or it’s used to obey you when you tell it to come back.

cockatiel exotic bird

The food of a cockatiel cockatoo is based on three pillars: the dry ration, which is composed of feed or a mixture of seeds, including apiste, and the fresh ration, which has to be 80% vegetable and 20% fruit that is low in sugar. It is not a bird that usually causes problems when eating different types of fruits or vegetables, and these have to be offered in small pieces and washed well. Of course, they must be fresh to avoid the appearance of parasites inside the bird.

Cockatiel cockatoos like company very much, so if you’re short on time at home it’s best to offer them a companion. It’ll be very happy to have someone to spend time with inside the cage.

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