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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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, 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,, 19 Dec. 2017 Her cockatiel, Precious, sat in a cage on the toilet. Sheri Fink, New York Times, 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, 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cockatiel

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockatiel

Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha, from cacatua cockatoo

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The first known use of cockatiel was in 1839

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“Cockatiel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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