Cockatoo bird is Intelligent, playful, and enchantingly comical; they seem to know what beautiful creatures they are! They will display their wings, toss their heads and raise their erectile crests in a proud impressive display. Undoubtedly the friendliest and most loving of pet birds.
With an incredible need for physical attention, Cockatoos love being petted, hugged, and snuggled. A young bird attachment and affectionate devotion to you requires that you make sure you have time to play with your pet each day. A neglected Cockatoo may resort to uncontrollable screaming or active feather picking, and these habits are tough to break. Make sure they have plenty of toys!
We are going to discuss a range of different species of the Cockatoo, and all the facts you need to know if you are thinking of purchasing one.
There are twenty-one bird species in the cockatoo family. The Cockatoo (or Cacatuidae) family is included in the order Psittaciformes. Cockatoo species commonly kept as pets in the United States include umbrella cockatoos, Moluccan cockatoos, sulphur crested cockatoos, rose-breasted cockatoos, Goffin’s cockatoos, bare eyed cockatoos. Black cockatoos, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos.
The smallest species in the cockatoo family is the cockatiel, and the largest is the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo. Cockatoos are mostly white, black, pink, or grey, and they often have vivid accent colors, including yellow, salmon, orange, and red.
Cockatoos are complex birds. If properly socialized they can make good pets, but they are NOT birds for beginners except for the cockatiel.
Cockatoos are prone to behavioral problems such as aggression, biting, feather destruction, and self-mutilation. Parrot rescues are overrun with cockatoos that have been given up by inexperienced owners!
Cockatoos are the loudest of all the parrot species, so they are usually not suited to living in apartments.
Cockatoos are not known for their talking skills, but they are good at learning tricks, and they love music and dancing. They are also considered the loudest of all parrots and very destructive. Because of this, cockatoos need lots of toys to keep them busy.
LIFE SPAN: Up to 60 years or longer, depending upon the species.
Native Region / Natural Habitat
Twenty-one species of cockatoos belong to the family Cacatuidae. The various cockatoo species have native ranges in Australia, Australasia, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, and New Guinea.
Personality & Behavior
Cockatoos are described as intelligent and emotional birds, and many describe life with a cockatoo as living with a perpetual 2-year-old child, capable of temper tantrums as well as complete silliness.
Speech & Sound
Cockatoos can be extremely loud, especially when seeking attention and at certain times of the day, such as at sunrise and sunset. They can learn to speak a few words and phrases.