‘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.
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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.