Definition of cockatiel in English:



  • A slender long-crested Australian parrot related to the cockatoos, with a mainly gray body, white shoulders, and a yellow and orange face.

    Nymphicus hollandicus, family Cacatuidae (or Psittacidae)

    ‘Parrot fever is a bacterial disease that affects more than 100 species of wild and domestic birds, including parrots, macaws, cockatiels and parakeets.’
    • ‘When the aviary was smashed, the parrots, cockatiels and lovebirds took flight.’
    • ‘The bird sanctuary has been inundated with calls from people who have spotted cockatiels, budgies and parrots that have been released into the wild.’
    • ‘She is an aviculturist writer, editor, panel judge and speaker, and has raised cockatiels and parrots for more than 20 years.’
    • ‘At once, the cockatiel's grey feathers started to glow orangish-red.’



/ˈkäkəˌtēl/ /ˈkɑkəˌtil/


Late 19th century from Dutch kaketielje, probably a diminutive of kaketoe ‘cockatoo’.