Facts On Cockatoo Temperament, Diet, Health, Care & More...
Size: 30 - 43 cm / 12 - 17 inches
Life Expectancy: 40 - 80 years
The Cockatoos are one of the most favored birds as pets in the Parrot family. They are extremely attractive birds possessing striking talking abilities. Cockatoos are extremely beautiful, loving and social creatures, portraying an intelligent, playful, inquisitive and enchanting self.
Most Cockatoos are white in color, but others come in grays and pinks, blacks, and in the Palm's case, deep blue.
Types of Cockatoo
The most popular types of Cockatoos are:
The Goffin Cockatoo is a fun-loving parrot who is a born entertainer. The Goffin Cockatoo is a
fair talker but some have been known to talk extensively.
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White or White-Crested Cockatoo is better known as umbrella cockatoo. Umbrella Cockatoo is
intelligent, social, good natured, active, acrobatic and very affectionate.
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The Moluccan Cockatoo is the largest of the "white" cockatoos. The Moluccan Cockatoo is a very
intelligent and sensitive bird.
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Rose Breasted Cockatoo
A captive bred Rose Breasted Cockatoo makes a more affectionate and healthier pet than the
wild-caught ones. The Rose Breasted Cockatoo is relatively quiet and has an engaging, sprightly
personality and a good ability to mimic human speech.
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Origin of the Cockatoo
Native to Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, there are over 40 species of the Cockatoo.
- Cockatoos love to be cuddled and bond very easily with their human owners
- Well-raised cockatoos are adorable; a hog for attention, a socialite, and just a pleasure to have around.
- Not all Cockatoos are talkers. But those who can have good amount of vocabulary.
- These birds are in constant need for attention. Lack of attention from their owners.
- Cockatoos love to chew and destroy things, so providing chewable toys is a necessity.
might lead to boredom and feather plucking.
The 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 means 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, mischievous, and they can be exceptionally loud. They are somewhat excitable so sometimes don't do that well around young kids.
Cockatoo As A Pet
The Cockatoos very social animals and must spend time out of their cage and with their owners each day. Their natural curiosity and craving for attention make life wonderful with cockatoos as pets. Their "cuddly" nature makes them adorable pets. They simply crave for time and affection from its owners.
With a little bit of training they can easily bond with their owners. Each cockatoo is different in nature from the other, but most of them are docile. They love to learn and perform activities like singing, playing, laughing and dancing. They are also good at performing various tricks and love taking baths. They have impressive vocal abilities and are dedicated chewers, which must be considered before deciding on cockatoos as pets.
Learn how to fully train your Cockatoo and control his behavior
The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism.
Cage size should be:
- Approximately: 24" W x 24" H x 24" D
- Bar spacing: 5/8" to 3/4"
The larger the cage the better. A strong cage (wrought iron, stainless steel) is necessary to withstand the cockatoos tough beak. Horizontal bar wires will allow the cockatoo to exercise by climbing on the sides of the cage.
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A Cockatoo should be provided with proper diet to keep it happy and content. A pet Cockatoo's regular diet includes pellets, veggies, nuts, fruits, small sized pastas, cooked chicken or turkey and other bits and pieces of foods.
- Many even prefer boiled vegetables to fresh ones.
- Give plenty of fresh water to your Cockatoo for a happy and healthy bird.
- Beware, that a Cockatoo can become bored with formulated diet that can trigger off negative behavior.
- Make a combination of small parrot mix and supplement with your bird's regular meals.
- Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.
- Make sure you never feed your bird avocado, cabbage, parsley and iceberg lettuce.
Remember, your pet's diet will improve its health and will keep it content.
What is the Ideal Diet For Your Cockatoo
Cockatoos are prone to neurotic behavior including feather plucking and self-mutilation, especially if denied the affection and attention they need so strongly. Usually active, energetic and healthy, Cockatoo can suffer from common diseases like any other Parrots.
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- feather plucking
- beak swelling
- wheezing or coughing
- favoring one foot
- eye or nasal discharge
- red or swollen eyes
Care should be taken while trimming your bird's feathers.
How To Keep Your Cockatoo Healthy?
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