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Re: are cockatiels softbilled parrots?

Posted by Susanne Russo on 8/16/10
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    On 8/15/10, joy elmore wrote:
    > my sister has several, she says they are, I disagree.
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    No cockatiels are hookbils.

    The word 'softbill' has nothing to do with the hardness or
    shape of the beak. The origin of the word is based on the
    softness of the food eaten. It is a term given to birds
    that eat plant matter, fruit, insects, and some nectars.
    Generally excluded from this class are birds that eat mainly
    seed or birds of prey.