Taxonomy and History of Cockatiel

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Taxonomy of  cockatiel.

             Recently I found a book that tell the detail about taxonomy of cockatiel in very detail. I think that this information about bird cockatiel is very interesting and useful to any pet cockatiel owner. Bird Taxonomy also very important because by taxonomy we will able to know more information about the bird back ground and the bird characteristic it self. Many information about bird behavior, the bird life, the breeding behaviour, the bird food any how they take the foot. Bird taxonomy also will help the bird lover to communicate with other bird lover easier. For example, in Australia it self there were so many name for cockatiel which everyone of them is devived from localities and of course most of them is based on aboriginal language. In Australia, cockatiel is well know by name Quarrion. In western Australia, it is also commonly known as ‘weero’ and in some local native the name also include ‘bula-doota’, ‘we-arra’, ‘foorir’, ‘wamba’ And ‘woo-ra-ling’.


Scientific classification of taxonomy.

             In scientific term, the cockatiel is named ‘Nymphicus Hollandicus’. This composed of two words which respresent genus for the first word white the second word represend the species. The genus is actually a group of closely related species; therefore the genus name may and will be use by many species.

            However, since there were no other closed relative for cockatiel, only cockatel that is categorized in genus Nymphicus.

            Actually there were some controversy in the family classification of cockatiel. This is because some taxonomists classified cockatiel in Psittacidae family, which is the largest and most diverse family of parrots. Macaw and bulgerigar also has been categorized in this family.

            However, later Forshaw (1973) and some other taxonomists place cockatiel in the cockatoos family. Their opinion is support by the cockatiel’s eratile crest similarity in male-female coloration ad nesting behaviour between the cockatiel and black cockatoos of the genus Calytorhynchus.

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

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