Cockatoos are very loving and compassionate companion birds that love to snuggle and cuddle. This is an excellent quality in a companion bird. Cockatoos are also extremely demanding companion birds. They will go everywhere and do everything with you if able or given the opportunity. Cockatoos are not great talkers but are extremely intelligent. They can be trained easily to do tricks and pick things up quickly.
Cockatoos are not for inexperienced or first-time bird owners. They need an owner who has plenty of time to spend with them.
They live 70 years, and some even older due to modern, healthier diets, exercise, and mental stimulation. Cockatoos are not a parrot for first-time bird owners, and a lot of thought and consideration should go into the idea of getting one for a companion bird
Cockatoos are often 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.
Popular Pet Cockatoo Species we hand raised and tamed are Bare-Eyed Cockatoos , Black Palm Cockatoos , Citron Cockatoos , Goffin’s Cockatoos , Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos , Moluccan Cockatoos , Rose-Breasted Cockatoos , Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos , Umbrella Cockatoos
Cockatoos range in size from about 12 inches to about 27 inches. Those on the smaller size include Goffin’s cockatoo, the rose-breasted cockatoo, and the lesser sulfur crested cockatoo, while the larger cockatoos included the umbrella, Moluccan, and greater sulfur-crested cockatoos.
Expected Life Span
With proper care, cockatoos can be expected to live for about 40 years (smaller species) to 80 years or more (larger species). Unfortunately, many in captivity die younger than this.
Cockatoos are very lively and affectionate birds. They are quite “cuddly” and bond very closely with their owners. However, their sociability and need for affection mean they demand a great deal of time from their owners. Deprived of affection, cockatoos will become depressed or exhibit neurotic behaviors. They are intelligent, playful, mischevious, and they can be exceptionally loud. They are somewhat excitable, so sometimes don’t do that well around young kids.
Cockatoos need a variety of fresh foods along with a good quality avian pellet based diet. Pellets can be up to 50 percent of the diet, and fresh foods (vegetables, fruits, grains, etc) you prepare should make up the rest. Seeds and seed mixes should only be used as a limited treat item since they are high in fat. Nuts can also be used as a special treat.