The cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as miniature cockatoo, weero, or quarrion, is a bird that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar.
The cockatiel's distinctive erectile crest expresses the animal's emotional state. The crest is dramatically vertical when the cockatiel is startled or excited, gently oblique in its neutral or relaxed state, and flattened close to the head when the animal is angry or defensive. The crest is also held flat but protrudes outward in the back when the cockatiel is trying to appear alluring or flirtatious. In contrast to most cockatoos, the cockatiel has long tail feathers roughly making up half of its total length.
Heidi was hatched here at For the Love of Birds in early 2019. She was born with a beak deformity where her lower beak is split into two halves. Due to the deformity, Heidi requires very frequent beak trims. Heidi took an extremely long time to wean and then train how to eat but has done an amazing job at adapting to her beak. She also has special dietary requirements, because of this and the need for frequent beak trims Heidi will be a forever member of the For the Love of Birds Sanctuary flock.