Cockatiels are native to outback regions of Australia and are found throughout a large proportion of the continent with the exception of the island of Tasmania and the coastal regions.
The Australian outback region is characterized by large open spaces, wetlands, scrublands and bushlands. Cockatiels prefer to roost in trees near a source of water. Cockatiels are very nomadic and relocate according to the availability of food and water.
In the wild, cockatiels are often observed in pairs and in small flocks. They also combine into much larger flocks to travel to their feeding areas.
Cockatiels typically lay three to eight eggs per clutch.
The cockatiel's diet in the wild consists mainly of grass seeds, grains and berries. In captivity, cockatiels should be fed a varied diet consisting of pellets, seeds, vegetables, greens and fruits.
The wild population of cockatiels is not considered threatened.
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