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Cockatiel

Nymphicus hollandicus

Description:

Adult Cockatiels are sexually dimorphic. While the body is grey with large white wing patches and the outer tail and rump is barred, the female has a yellowish/grey face with dull orange spots over the ear. And the male is identified by its bright yellow forehead, face and crest. "The 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. Its plumage is mostly grey, paler below, with a white wing patch, orange cheeks and a distinctive pointed crest." (Birdlife Australia) As they were coming into to land on the tree their tails were fanned out (see pic 3).

Habitat:

This large flock of Cockatiels were perching in the Boab Trees and flying around at the Prison Boab Tree. The area where I'm standing to take this picture used to have some water but it is bone dry now. Except there is a small patch of water near the windmill where they were flying down to for a drink (see pic 4).

Notes:

Check out this little video of them calling and flying around: https://vimeo.com/369105831

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armadeus.4
Spotted by
armadeus.4

Western Australia, Australia

Lat: -17.35, Long: 123.67

Spotted on Oct 27, 2019
Submitted on Oct 27, 2019

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