cock·​a·​tiel | \ ˈkäk-ə-ˌtēl How to pronounce cockatiel (audio) \

Definition of cockatiel

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

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And chirping away inside was a beautiful cockatiel. Joan Dobrovic,, "A Chip on her shoulder: Send us your pet rescue stories," 27 June 2019 Written as an undergraduate thesis at Amherst, where the novel occasionally dallies, Wallace tackles disappearing nursing home residents, talking cockatiels, and American society on rampage. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Preppy College Reading List," 3 Oct. 2014 The shelter is accepting donations for food for the surviving animals, which include cockatiels, parakeets, lovebirds and Macaws; hamsters, gerbils, mice, degus and rabbits, the Voice reported. Marwa Eltagouri, ajc, "Sign said pet store was closed for maintenance, but inside were 41 dead animals," 30 May 2018 Pluimer claims the cockatiel tends to get upset when its humans are tying their shoes and getting ready to leave the house. Saryn Chorney,, "This Pet Bird Expresses Its Separation Anxiety from Owners by Imitating an iPhone Ringtone," 19 Dec. 2017 Her cockatiel, Precious, sat in a cage on the toilet. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Lives at Risk Inside a Senior Complex in Puerto Rico With No Power," 10 Dec. 2017 Her niece, María Navarro, whose second story was dry, took Rivera in — along with at least five other relatives, seven cats, four dogs, two parrots and two cockatiels. Patricia Mazzei, miamiherald, "What Hurricane Maria taught me about the people of Puerto Rico," 26 Sep. 2017 Today, Maloney and Ross, 60 and 66, inhabit their home with a rotating crew of housekeepers, a couple of fish tanks, a cockatiel, two bearded dragons, two dogs, two cats, and a dwarf hamster. Christopher Bonanos, The Cut, "Looking Back at 40 Years of New York’s Fertility Journalism," 20 Sep. 2017 Pearl once helped rescue 160 cockatiels from one home. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Polly Want a Xanax? Neurotic Parrots Can Drive Their Owners Crazy," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cockatiel

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockatiel

Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha, from cacatua cockatoo

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English Language Learners Definition of cockatiel

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

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