Specie Profile: Cockatoo

Specie Profile: Cockatoo

"Know that cockatoos need a great deal of your time and attention."

Cockatoos live in the far east on continents such as Australia and sport feather colors ranging from white to gray to black. This type of bird prefers three distinct habitat types: tropical rainforests, dry savannas and plains made up of grass. Specie types include the Mullucan (Cacatus moluccensis) and the Greater Sulpher-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita galerit.) Cockatoos make a good fit for the bird owner that knows his or her stuff when it comes to this type of parrot and is ready to give their pet a good amount of attention.

Cockatoos can live up to 60 years or more depending on their habitat, size and health. These birds are intelligent and learn tricks, some good and some bad. You may even wake up one morning to find your bird's door open. Feats this type of bird accomplishes includes how to take toys apart, talking in a human voice and showing capabilities similar to a 2-year-old child. These parrots are affectionate creatures that will want to sit and cuddle with you for hours. I once heard a cockatoo refereed to as the “velcro bird” by an expert because the parrot wanted to go everywhere with its owner.

 

Know that cockatoos need a great deal of your time and attention. Your bird may develop unsightly habits such as screaming, feather picking or chewing if it doesn't receive enough attention. The trick to cockatoos is achieving a balancing act between what you think is right and what your bird wants. Train them early and young and you'll wind up with a well-behaved bird.