Generally white in color, Cockatoos also come in colors of grey, pink, blacks and even in deep blue. There are seventeen species of Cockatoos and most are found in the Indonesian islands. They are sweet natured and make great pets when they are well raised. Bonding with their owners is achieved easily. Cuddle them whenever you can they love it.
Cockatoos don’t have much capacity to learn to talk. Their voices are not as sweet as some other species of Parrots and/but are understandable when they say a few words. Social in nature, they like to share their meal time with other Cockatoos. But you can give his own plate.
Cockatoos are not choosy about food. Meat, milk products, fruits and vegetables are generally eaten by them. Cockatoos love to have spray baths.
Cockatoos as Pets
Cockatoos as birds are beautiful, affectionate, intelligent, acrobatic and social. They are the most favorite choice as pets amongst Parrot species. Cockatoos are softer and me affectionate version of the brilliantly colored and magnificent Macaws.
While you may be impressed by their vocal abilities, you may be shocked by their chewing capability. Their intelligence and curiosity make them skillful escape artists, puzzle solvers, good learners and performer of tricks.
Cockatoos as pets demand your almost constant attention and affection. They like to come out of their cage and spend time with you.
CAUTION: Cockatoos, if denied attention and affection tend to become neurotic which can lead to self-mutilation and feather picking and other odd behaviors.
Well trained Cockatoos are delightful to keep as pets.
Cockatoos are different in some ways from other Parrots and even different from each other. Their behaviors vary greatly and have been a puzzle to scientists.
They become aggressive when they are not cuddled or pampered, their moods change quickly. One minute they can have fun and then become contemplative in the next. There are obedient Cockatoos and there are destructive Cockatoos. However, it is joy to see them sing and dance and flap their wings, stomp and romp about when they are in a playful and happy mood.
Distinctive traits of Cockatoo behavior is manipulation and contemplation. In this they are closer to human beings. To see your Cockatoo in its best behavior, good training is absolutely necessary.
Covered in beautiful white feathers, the Goffin Cockatoo is a delightful family pet. Gently disposed, it is fun loving, a good entertainer, smart, intelligent, curious and energetic. It likes to snuggle and cuddle around you. Goffin Cockatoos are very talkative.
They live for about 65 years and are mostly found in Indonesian islands of Tenimber.
Shift to lowland forests of Moluccan islands of Indonesia and you will find the largest of the white Cockatoos who take their name after the islands. These birds are native to Seram and the surrounding islands of Saparua and Haraku.
They are non-migratory birds. These birds are quite intelligent and sensitive with a loud, noisy voice and a strong beak. They are not suitable as pets but if you do keep this bird as a pet, you may need a bigger house than your apartment. Train it very well and you will get a lap-bird, a watch dog and a friend for life, all rolled into one. Moluccan Cockatoos need to be close to human beings and require mental stimulation. It is capable of mimicking human speech.
Umbrella Cockatoos can be very good, cuddly pets. They are very affectionate and form strong bonds with its owner, which can be a little imposing. Allow them and they will learn to manipulate you. They are social, gently disposed, acrobatic and energetic. They do not talk much.
To get attention, exercise and a change of environment, they need to get out of their cage each day for some time. But you should train it well for that.
Umbrella Cockatoos get their names from the white crest which normally remains flat on their head but unfurls like an umbrella when raised. These birds are found in Moluccan islands of Halmahera, Obi, Batjan, Tidor and Ternate. Their lifespan is between 60 to 65 years.
Also known as Galah, the Rose Breasted Cockatoo is a native of Australia. These birds have rose-pink chest, neck, face and under parts. Wings and tails are grey which stand in contrast to the rose-pink color to give it a striking look. These birds are considered pests as they are seen to destroy crops in many regions. These Cockatoos are very playful, intelligent and can become very affectionate when bred in captivity. They too need constantly to play with toys and objects to chew as source of metal stimulation.
Rose-breasted Cockatoos when bred at home are healthier than the wild ones. They tend to grow fatty tumors and need a non-fat diet of vegetables and grains.
Maturity brings unpredictability in their nature. Don’t allow it too much perch time on your shoulder.
Male Cockatoos are better talkers than female ones, though both sexes have the capability to mimic human speech.
You are not advised to keep your Rose-breasted Cockatoo untrained as it can easily make your life insane with its constant noise.
Rose Breasted Cockatoo
Palm Cockatoos are noisy birds of the forests and are mostly found in Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Residents of the tropical forests, eucalyptus and savannah woodlands of Australia, they are also found in New Guinea, Aru Islands and Indonesia.
They are distinguished by their size and color and physical feature such as the huge beak, black feathers, large open crest, a red and black tongue and red cheeks.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
They have the capacity t mimic sound of the forests and other animals. Pal Cockatoos are mostly found in pairs or small flocks.
It is a large white cockatoo and is the inhabitant of the woods of Australia and New Guinea. This bird is found in huge numbers in these countries and is sometimes regarded as pest. This bird loves to travel in the forests in which it lives and also likes to wander into rainforests and tropical forests. It is an extremely intelligent bird and very curious too.
Lifestyle of Sulphur crested cockatoo
A Sulphur crested cockatoo has a long lifespan and can even live up to 70 years in captivity. However, while in the wild they live for about 20-40 years. A unique characteristic of this bird is engaging in geophagy that is the eating clay for detoxifying the food. This bird also produces a powder for waterproofing itself.
This bird is often known for its loud noises but it is also known for its sweet and affectionate nature. If reared as a baby it becomes very affectionate towards its owner. It needs attention and therefore anyone who wants to have it as a pet should have enough time to devote to this bird. Since it requires regular exercises to stay fit it is important for the owner to have time for the bird and play with it so that it can climb, stretch and play and can enjoy itself.
While in the wild the Sulphur crested cockatoo feeds on seeds, grains and insects. But while in captivity it needs to have a good diet of pellets and seeds with fruits and vegetables. This is important because in captivity cockatoos can suffer from diseases related to malnutrition.