Parrots | Cockatiel > in flight | resting & roosting | water & waterholes

Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) are known to be monogamous birds, that mate for life and stay together, even outside of the breeding period.

The Cockatiel have expressive crests that can vary from pale to bright yellow in the male birds, with tinge of grey black, to grey in immature and female birds. It is through their crests, that you can read their emotional state. When the bird is excited, their crests stands up straight, whilst in the relaxed bird the crest is laid back. When they are frightened or threatened, their crests lay flat against their heads.

Although they live in a variety of habitats, the Cockatiels are mainly found in inland habitats, usually in arid or semi-arid regions, and where they have access to water such as waterholes, lakes or rivers.

The Cockatiels are great to watch in flocks, especially in flight and when resting and roosting, perched on trees.

They favour being close proximity to open areas or woodlands, and whilst they mainly forage on the ground, they roost in trees. Primarily herbivores, their diets consists mainly of seeds and will include fruits, berries and flowers. They will also eat insects and invertebrates.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Cacatuidae
  • Subfamily: Nymphicinae
  • Genus: Nymphicus
  • Species: N. hollandicus
  • Binomial name: Nymphicus hollandicus