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Information On Cockatoos
There is a lot of information on cockatoos, and if you’re considering buying a cockatoo, please read all the information that you can get your hands on because owning a parrot can be a serious commitment.
There are more than 40 different species of cockatoos which can be put into two groups - they are white and black cockatoos. Both groups are native to Indonesia, Papua, Australia, and New Guinea. The most common of the white cockatoos are sulfur crested, and the lesser of the known umbrella cockatoo.
Another physical trait of a cockatoo is the crest, which is raised when alarmed or excited.
The red-tail black cockatoo makes a lovely pet. If the red-tail black cockatoo is hand raised, it is less likely prone to biting than most of the white cockatoos which makes them a better pet for someone who has never dealt with cockatoos before. The black beak of a cockatoo, although beautiful, is very powerful. The beak can crack large nuts and could cause some serious and painful damage if bitten.
Consistent training helps to ensure that your bird lives to be happy and will keep your bird from developing destructive habits. Especially if this training is started at a young age.
Cockatoos also need plenty of space as they love to climb and are very active.
When letting your cockatoo have its run of the house, be sure to “bird-proof” the house. Cockatoos can be very destructive when they explore. Things like electrical cords look very inviting to chew on and can prove to be fatal if chewed on.
While cockatoos can live to be up to 120 years old, many meet their demise early, either through injury or sickness. A common disease in the white cockatoos is Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (Circovirus infection or PBFD). It is chronic and untreatable. This disease can cause poor feather condition. It also affects the beak, causing the beak to become soft and making it extremely difficult for the cockatoo to eat.
Black Cockatoos are less susceptible to this disease. Be sure to get this info on cockatoos before disaster hits.
Cockatoos that are left in their cage without much interaction become neurotic and in just about all cases go crazy. These are very social, loving birds and are much like a two year old child. Because of this, it’s a serious commitment on the owner’s end to constantly interact with the bird. In the wild, they do “bond for life” and they have a constant need for attention from their companion.
Cockatoos do well in a home with just one person or in a home with many people who will cuddle them and give them attention.
Cockatoos are also known for their talking abilities. They are prolific talkers and catch onto words quickly. Because of this, you must be careful of what is said around your bird. If there are words that you do not want your bird to say, then do not say that word around your cockatoo, as it may repeat that word.
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