Normal Gray Cockatiel
Common Name: Normal Gray Cockatiel
Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus
Life Span: up to 20 years in captivity
Size: 12 to 13 in
Gender: DNA Required for accuracy
Clutch Size: 5-7 eggs
Incubation: 23 days
Talking Ability: low to None
Description: The normal gray cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as the quarrion and the weiro, is a bird that is a member of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar.
Feeding: Cockatiels are grass eaters, in the wild they forage on the ground for grasses and seeds. In captivity we feed them a commercial Cockatiel Plus Mix, California Spray Millet Any fruit and vegetable that comes available. I feed my birds, apples, celery, kale, romaine lettuce, egg food and plenty hemp seed when cold weather or breeding season.
Breeding: cockatiels are relatively easy breeders, once they decide to breed, they breed. They are not picky about nesting boxes. We personally use English nesting box for easy inspection. Cockatiels are not jealous to be check when they have chicks, We can peak at their babies with the female not even moving from the nest.
Breeding season for the cockatiels tends to occur in spring time here in California. We have some pair that will breed year around.
In addition to these visible characteristics, the vocalization of adult males is typically louder and more complex than that of females.
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