Pet Cockatoos

Cockatoo: Information about The Cacatuidae Family of Birds

Pet Cockatoos

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Like parrots, Cockatoos are popular pets, although they are noisier and they tend to be less tame than parrots. One of the most popular pet birds in the cockatoo family (Cacatuidae) is the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita).

A Cockatoo needs, like all other kinds of parrot, much care and attention. It is best to have at least one partner bird the same kind to keep the birds from becoming lonely and to ensure a good attitude from the cockatoo. If no ideal living conditions are made possible for the birds, psychological problems can quickly occur with the animals.  These problems can particularly express themselves in continuous shouting and the cockatoo plucking at its own feathers.

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Picture of a Pet Cockatoo in a Garden Yard

If one should decide nevertheless for such a pet animal, one must be conscious of certain problems. Due to the special feather structure most cockatoos produce large quantities of dust, which establishes itself in the entire area that the bird may go. In addition most cockatoos have a pronounced gnawing need, to which furniture can become a victim. The voice of these parrots is likewise very loud, and particularly in dawn times they are very active. If kept in a cage, it should be as large as posible, and sufficient free flight should be provided daily. Alternatively a roomy outdoor cage may be used as their main home, with frost-protection and a heatable interior.

It is also important to be well-informed before the purchase about the actual origin of the birds.  If you have even the slightest suspicion that a bird has been caught from the wild, you should turn away immediately.  Not only is it a cruel practice but it's probably illegal too. Fortunately this type of occurrence is becoming less common nowadays.

Birds which have been hand-reared but have had no contact with other cockatoos will frequently socialize badly, which can lead to certain deficits, resulting in the Cockatoo becoming unable to produce offspring. In addition the birds are inclined to commit themself very closely to a certain reference person, whose absence easily can lead to problems. The obvious best choice are young birds, which had, from the beginning of their lives, contact with humans, but grew up with friends of their own kind. This will create a problem-free tame bird who is will be sufficiently socialized with a partner of the same kind.  In turn this will provide the basis for pleasant behavious and a fair attitude.

Due to the fact that they have a very long lifespan, with an average of 40 years or even much longer (82 years in the case of Cocky who lived in London Zoo) cockatoos as pets should be considered as lifetime companions.  Far moreso than with dogs, it's certainly true that a cockatoo is for life, not just for Christmas.

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