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The Introduction: What is Cockatiel ?


            The scientific name for Cockatiel is Nymphicus hollandicus. It is said to be in the parakeet family (with long wing and tail). However, some expert refer Cockatiel to Cockatoo family, because of their crest which look like the one that Cockatoo have. Some time ago, Cockatiel is referred as ‘Cockatoo Parrot’ which bear the scientific name of Psittacus hovaehollandiae”.

            The origin of Cockatiel is Australia. However, how Cockatiel can be found all over the world, and I think it is only the second in term of the very common pet parrot (first ranking is budgerigar). Cockatiel is believe to enter England around 1800 and to America around 1910.

            Cockatiel in the wild is gray in colour. However, when it is widely keep, the breeder have start to create more variation in the color. Based on the “mandel’s laws of heredity”, now there are wide variety of Cockatiels colour; including albino, Lutino, Pearl and pied.


Cockatiel Books and Video Tapes from Avian Publications

The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook (Revised Edition) by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein

Avian Medicine: Principles and Application (Abridged Edition) by Dr. Branson Ritchie, Dr. Greg Harrison, Linda Harrison & Dr. Donald W. Zantop



28 January 2004

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