noun \ˈkäk-ə-ˌtēl\

: a type of small parrot from Australia that has a yellow head and is often kept as a pet

Full Definition of COCKATIEL

:  a crested small gray Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus of the family Cacatuidae) with a yellow head


Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha, from cacatua cockatoo
First Known Use: 1877


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Crested, small, gray Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus). It has a yellow head, red ear patches, and a heavy beak used to crack nuts. The cockatiel is in the same family (Cacatuidae) as the larger cockatoo. About 13 in. (32 cm) long, the cockatiel lives in open areas and eats grass seeds. One of the most common pet parrots, it is bred in many colour variations.


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