cock·​a·​tiel ˈkäk-ə-ˌtēl How to pronounce cockatiel (audio)
: a crested small gray Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus of the family Cacatuidae) with a yellow head

Examples of cockatiel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The male cockatiel was found to have an extensive vocabulary and an impressive repertoire of songs after being rescued near a bench in Bolton. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 12 Jan. 2024 In January, our first pet of 2024 is a cockatiel called Koi Koi. Check out slideshows of the pets featured in 2023. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, 2 Jan. 2024 Chatty cockatiel found The RSPCA is on the hunt to find the owner of a loquacious parrot found wandering down a street, reported the BBC. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 12 Jan. 2024 Colorful creations made by Steve’s father, from jumping horses to cockatiels with vivid yellow crests, have also taken their place on the porch. Katherine Oung, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Aug. 2023 The little cockatiel who sat quietly — too quietly, in retrospect — in a pet carrier next to me didn’t seem that sick. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2021 Investigators also found caged macaw and cockatiel birds that lacked water or clean water, for which he was also charged. David Fleshler,, 16 Aug. 2019 The animals, which were all legal to own, included fish, geckos, anoles, chinchillas, parakeets, cockatiels, a rabbit, rats, a ball python, a European glass lizard, hamsters, a frog, and a water dragon. Gage Miskimen, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2019 And chirping away inside was a beautiful cockatiel. Joan Dobrovic,, 27 June 2019 See More

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Word History


Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha, from cacatua cockatoo

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cockatiel was in 1839

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“Cockatiel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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