Cockatiels (Nymphicus)
Male Cockatiel
Nymphicus hollandicus
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Cacatuoidea
Family: Cacatuidae
Genus: Nymphicus
Wagler, 1832

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Nymphicus is a genus of cockatoos in the Cacatuidae family. They are commonly called cockatiels.

The Cockatiel is an occasional anomaly found throughout Devonshire and Europa. The Superb Cockatiel and Giant Cockatiel are native throughout Europa.

The Giant Cockatiel is 20% larger than the Cockatiel, while the Superb has more iridescent feathers.


All species of cockatiels have grey plumage with prominent white wing patches and a fine, tapering crest[1] with the males having a lemon-yellow forehead, while the females having a light yellow crest and face.[2] However, the Superb has black iridescent feathers on its back, like the Palm Cockatoo. Domestic Cockatiels have several different colours, including white and yellow.[2]


All species are nomadic and flocking.[2] Their calls are a high, far-carrying, rolling cweeree.[2]

They mainly feed on fallen seeds of grasses, weeds, shrubs and trees as well as fallen grain and berries.[3]

When frightened, they may perch lengthwise along tree branches.[3]


Species of Nymphicus
Image Range Notes
Cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus

(Kerr, 1792)

Cockatiel Crest Endemic to Australia. Escapes may occur elsewhere. Sometimes an anomaly. Popular pets.
Giant Cockatiel, Nymphicus grandis[made-up sp.]

Travis, 2308

Giant Cockatiel Found throughout Europe. 20% larger than Cockatiel.
Superb Cockatiel, Nymphicus superbis[made-up sp.]

Travis, 2305

Superb Cockatiel Found throughout Europe. Iridescent feathers around back.


  1. ^ Forshaw, Joseph M.; Knight, Frank (2010). Parrots of the World. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691142852. 
  2. ^ a b c d Simpson & Day (2010). A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 8th Edition. Penguin Ltd. and Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691146928. 
  3. ^ a b Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 
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