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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:13 PM

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The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) is the smallest member of the cockatoo family. It is also known as the Quarrion or the Weero. It was first recorded in 1781 during Captain Cook's voyage to Australia. Dr John Latham, one of Cook's officers, described it as a 'Crested Parakeet'. However, more recent molecular studies have settled the debate, showing their closest relatives to be the black cockatoos of the genus Calyptorhynchus. This Australian native bird is generally recognised as a nomadic (wandering) species, which can still be found in the wild in most parts of Australia (particularly in inland regions).
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 04:11 PM

great! very informative! thanks for posting that up
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:35 AM

Isn't it amazing that their closest relative is such a huge cockatoo LOL
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