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Giant Cockatiel
Giant Cockatiel
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Cacatuoidea
Family: Cacatuidae
Genus: Nymphicus
Species: N. grandis
Binomial name
Nymphicus grandis
Travis, 2311

Giant Cockatiel or the Greater Cockatiel, Nymphicus grandis is a species of cockatiel found throughout Europa. It is closely related to the Common Cockatiel and may have evolved from it.

Description

The Giant Cockatiel resembles the Common Cockatiel but is slightly larger, at 15–16.7 in (38–42 cm) long and with a wingspan of 19–21 in (48–53 cm) an with a weight of 4–4.25 oz (113–120 g); with the males are larger than females. They are grey-brown in colour with a distinctive crest, large, white shoulder patch; lemon forehead, crest, face, throat and cheeks with orange cheek patches. Females have pale yellow face and dull orange cheek patches; grey crest; rump, uppertail barred pale yellow.[2]

Domestic Giant Cockatiels come in yellow and white (lutino), pied, pearl and varieties without orange cheek patches. Albinos are very rare and more often found as pets.

Similar species

Behaviour

Diet

Calls

A rolling weero-weero...[2] not unlike the Cockatiel, but deeper and softer.


Reproduction

Distribution/habitat

References

  1. ^ Future IUCN
  2. ^ a b Simpson & Day (1999). A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 6th Edition. Penguin. ISBN 0-691-04995-5. 

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