Genus and Species: Nymphicus hollandicus
These birds are the smallest members of the cockatoo family (Cacatuidae). The cockatiel is the single species in its genus. In Australia it is amongst the most widespread of cockatoos.
These birds occur in a range of open habitats, generally preferring those that are sparsely wooded and near to fresh water. This small cockatoo lives in open woodland, farmland, savanna, acacia scrub, orchards, and in urban gardens and parks.
Cockatiels were discovered by Europeans in Australia in 1770, becoming popular in the 1900s during the Australian gold rush.
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