They Are Extremely Affectionate - Guess Who?

They Are Extremely Affectionate - Guess Who?

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Cockatoos are extremely affectionate, their feathers are very soft and they have beautiful colors!
On top of that, Cockatoos are very intelligent and inquisitive birds, and they love to show off! A Cockatoo will make comical displays with outspread wings, head bobbing, dancing, and loud calls. These birds are very active and curious about their environment. A happy cockatoo spends most of its waking time performing, or examining and manipulating its toys and other cage objects. Because of their loving qualities and intelligence, Cockatoos have a very high need for attention, affection, and interaction. A single cockatoo will thrive as your pet only if you devote time and attention to it. You will need to spend a good deal of time playing with it and sharing affections on a regular daily basis. However, two pet cockatoos can be ideal if you are not able to devote so much time and attention as the bird will demand. Bored cockatoos are notorious for developing bad habits such as screeching and feather plucking. Having two will help the birds to prevent bad habits developing by a bored bird.

Special Characteristics:

  • Cockatoos love to be cuddled and bond very easily with their human owners.
  • Well-raised cockatoos are adorable; a hog for attention, a socialite, and just a pleasure to have around.
  • Not all Cockatoos are talkers, but those who can have good amount of vocabulary.
  • These birds are in constant need for attention. Lack of attention from their owners might lead to boredom and feather plucking.
  • Cockatoos love to chew and destroy things, so providing chew-able toys is a necessity.

The Cockatoos are very lively and affectionate birds. They are quite "cuddly" and bond very closely with their owners. However, their sociability and need for affection means they demand a great deal of time from their owners. Deprived of affection, cockatoos will become depressed or exhibit neurotic behaviors. They are intelligent, playful, mischievous, and they can be exceptionally loud. They are somewhat excitable so sometimes don't do that well around young kids.

Description: Most Cockatoos are white in color, but others come in grays and pinks, blacks, and in the Palm's case, deep blue. 
Size: 30 - 43 cm / 12 - 17 inches
Life Expectancy: 40 - 80 years
There are types of Cockatoos birds, and they are as follows:

  • Goffin Cockatoo
  • Umbrella Cockatoo
  • Moluccan Cockatoo
  • Rose Breasted Cockatoo

A Cockatoo should be provided with proper diet to keep it happy and content. A pet Cockatoo's regular diet includes pellets, veggies, nuts, fruits, small sized pastas, cooked chicken or turkey and other bits and pieces of foods.

  • Many even prefer boiled vegetables to fresh ones.
  • Give plenty of fresh water to your Cockatoo for a happy and healthy bird.
  • Beware, that a Cockatoo can become bored with formulated diet that can trigger off negative behavior.
  • Make a combination of small parrot mix and supplement with your bird's regular meals.
  • Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.
  • Make sure you never feed your bird avocado, cabbage, parsley and iceberg lettuce.
Remember, your pet's diet will improve its health and will keep it content.

Health Issues:
Cockatoos are prone to neurotic behavior including feather plucking and self-mutilation, especially if denied the affection and attention they need so strongly. Usually active, energetic and healthy, Cockatoo can suffer from common diseases like any other Parrots.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Feather plucking
  • Beak swelling
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Favoring one foot
  • Eye or nasal discharge
  • Red or swollen eyes