A fluffy new addition to the aviary in People’s Park is getting ready to spread its wings.
The baby bird is one of two cockatiel chicks that have hatched out – and both are doing well.
One has already started flying and the other will take off in the next few days. They are the first cockatiels to be bred at the aviary for more than 10 years.
Aviary keeper Pete Holly said: “It’s been interesting and really quite exciting to see the birds develop – especially as it’s a relatively rare happening. They are a welcome addition to the park.”
The cockatiel is a medium-sized parrot that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family and is native to Australia.
They are prized worldwide as household pets and companion birds and cockatiels are second in popularity only to budgerigars.
A cockatiel's life span is generally given as 16 to 25 years though there are reports of them living longer with the oldest confirmed bird reported as being 36 years old.
The People’s Park aviary, owned by Banbury Town Council, has a cockatiel – nicknamed Elizabeth – who is 25.