‘Intelligent’, ‘excitable’, ‘playful’ and ‘unpredictable’; just some of the many adjectives used to describe the beautiful cockatoo.
Sometime receiving bad press as pet birds, there are of course many adored and well-behaved pets, but serious thought and careful training must be given if they are to reach their maximum potential.
Screeching, feather-plucking, biting cockatoos are often the result of hand-rearing singletons who can then become disoriented in their personality, not knowing whether they are parrot or human. These hand-reared babies – who, it must be said, are completely adorable – then go on to be spoilt by their new owners and shriek for attention when they don’t get it!
I try to ensure a good start for our cockatoos by leaving them to be reared by their parents wherever possible, or else by crèche-rearing – that is to say, as part of a small group – so that they can interact with each other and not come to over-depend on the human carer.
Once weaned, if the new owner continues to train and reward good behaviour from the cockatoo, you will have a delightful companion. A Citron Crested and Lesser Sulphur Crested which I bred are not only delightful companions for their new owner, but she ‘free flies’ them each day as a matter of course. A wonderful sight.
Please find below our range of Cockatoos.
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Blue Eyed cockatoo for sale
The unusual Blue Eyed cockatoo is a visually stunning bird, possessed with an adorable character. It goes about its business whilst quietly surveying those around it.
As with all cockatoos, plenty of exercise and ‘enrichment’ of their living environment will go a long way towards achieving a contented bird, be it in the home or aviary. Despite being bred in the UK only occasionally, this species is enjoying a huge popularity surge at the moment, as word spreads of its attractive nature and personality.
Eastern Long Billed Corellas for sale
Here we have probably the most intelligent member of the cockatoo family. On a par with the remarkable Kea when it comes to brain-power, problem-solving – such as unscrewing bottle-tops to get to a treat inside or undoing combination locks to gain access to forbidden treasures – is all in a day’s play for this fantastic comedian!
One of the most amusing sights I remember is when I had some baby corellas who loved to play with red-coloured toy balls, seeing how wide they could open their beaks in order to grab the intriguingly-round objects. They looked most surprised when one of the balls protested vociferously – it turned out to be an indignant baby scarlet parrot whom they thought was just another red ball!
Rolling onto their backs to ‘juggle’ an object is just another in their range of amusing antics, and whilst they do rip up soft toys, they are much less destructive than some of the other cockatoo breeds. All in all, an affectionate and amusing pet, with a quite unique look and personality.
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo for sale
With two men each claiming to have discovered it, the Leadbeater is sometimes referred to as the “dumb blonde” of cockatoos! This politically-incorrect statement probably does hold some truth as it isn’t perhaps the brightest of creatures – but always creates gasps of admiration when displaying its brilliant headgear. Immensely popular as an aviary bird, it also has a dedicated following as a pet.
Moluccan Cockatoo for sale
The imposing Moluccan cockatoo is the largest of the “white” cockatoos and hugely popular as a pet or aviary bird. A more adoring parrot would be hard to find and, like human children, they crave attention.
They do, however, carry a reputation for being rather noisy. Whilst most large parrots can turn up the volume on occasion, overtly loud Moluccans are usually the product of wrongful human intervention. Spoiling a young cockatoo with unlimited attention in terms of your presence and constant entertainment will result in it screaming for your attention when it is withdrawn.
Mindful of this, if a chick is not able to be reared by its parents, we endeavour to raise it in a ‘creche’ situation with other chicks, either of their own kind or of other species. This way, they learn to interact with others and become well-adjusted adults who are not demanding and can entertain themselves with toys and so on when left to their own devices.
If simple training is continued by the new owner, a delightful bird will ensue.
An innate desire to continuously chew – and destroy! – items in the cage should not, however, be suppressed; simple offerings of fresh twigs and cardboard are just two free items that will sate this desire and create a happily busy bird.
Yellow Crested Cockatoo for sale
A big character in a little package, its swift movements and nodding displays convey some of its very engaging emotions.
A sensitive bird, when treated with sensitivity and respect it will repay you a hundredfold. Simple, structured training ensures it remains a pleasant and pleasing companion throughout its life.