The cockatiel has a sharply bent beak, which is perfectly designed for eating seeds and berries. Millions of alleged mutations cannot explain this design feature.


  • The male is the more brightly colored with its yellow face, forehead, throat, and crest while its tail is gray.
  • The female is duller with yellow laterals in the otherwise gray tail.
  • Both sexes have orange cheek patches and white patches on their wings.

Fun Facts

  • The cockatiel enters its nest hole backward (tail-first).
  • The male and female take turns incubating the eggs.
  • A cockatiel can learn to mimic sounds such as a car alarm, a ringing telephone, or calls of other birds.
  • Cockatiels are strongly nomadic, moving in search of food and water.

Created Kind Members

Cockatoo, corella

CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Psittaciformes (parrots)
FAMILY: Cacatuidae (cockatoo)
GENUS/SPECIES: Nymphicus hollandicus

Size: Up to 13 in (0.3 m)
Weight: 3–3.5 oz (85–100g)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Grains, seeds, fruits, nuts, and berries
Habitat: Australia and Tasmania in open country