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Cockatiels are small parrots native to the Australian outback. In the wild they travel in pairs or small flocks and nest in tree cavities near water. Mated pairs form strong, long-lasting bonds; some pairs stay together for life.
In captivity, Cockatiels enjoy lots of attention from their owners. They are quite vocal, and can learn to whistle, mimic household sounds, and imitate human speech. Cockatiels can live for 15 to 20 years, with some birds reported to live up to 30 years.