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The wild Cockatiel by Robert Alison

Parrots magazine 166

The cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) is enormously popular in aviculture, second only to the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus).  Its extraordinary prevalence in avian captivity is due largely to a combination of compelling traits: agreeable temperament, intelligence, inquisitive disposition and affectionate behaviour, and most readily bond to humans.

Since the mid-1800’s, cockatiels have been a primary interest among Australian aviculturists, and they continue to be a strong element in collections ‘Downunder’, where the birds may be lawfully kept without licences in most jurisdictions.  Although export of cockatiels from Australia has long been outlawed, a very significant number were transported to other parts of the world, and the global captive population is inestimable.

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