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Cockatiel (female and male)

Nymphicus hollandicus


A beautiful pair in the wild! "The "normal grey" or "wild-type" cockatiel's plumage is primarily grey with prominent white flashes on the outer edges of each wing. The face of the male is yellow or white, while the face of the female is primarily grey or light grey, and both sexes feature a round orange area on both ears, often referred to as "cheddar cheeks". This orange colouration is generally vibrant in adult males, and often quite muted in females." (Wiki)


Hanging on the power lines with about six other pairs along the highway near the Wooroolin Wetlands.


I have only ever seen wild Cockatiels about five separate occasions. I was with my mum when we saw this pair and their little mob on the lines and I'm not really sure who was more excited :D Endemic to Australia, "[t]he Cockatiel is an unusual member of the cockatoo family. It is small in size, and has a slender body and long pointed tail, which is more characteristic of the smaller parrots." (Birdlife Australia: http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/cock... )

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QLD, Australia

Lat: -26.41, Long: 151.82

Spotted on Aug 12, 2015
Submitted on May 10, 2016

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