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The Basics

General Information

Cockatoo birds are often called the "love sponges" of birds because they become very attached to their owner.  This is also why an owner's death is very hard for this species of bird. Some species of cockatoos are more independent than others, for example the Bare Eyes Cockatoo  is able to do more things on its own than others, although this species is often overlooked due to its appearance. The average life span of a Cockatoo is around 40-60 years and requires a lot of commitment, also adopting comes in handy when getting a bird that is older and trained rather than a child. The most common health problem among Cockatoos is the Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) Caused by a circovirus that attacks the cells of the immune system and cells that produce the beak and feathers.

Training Your Cockatoo

From the Youtube Channel, Charlie The Cockatoo

This video is not my own and I give full credit to this production to the youtube channel, Charlie the Cockatoo.

Where Cockatoos Live

Cockatoos are native to Australia but have been brought to homes as pets throughout the world.

What Cockatoos Eat

Cockatoos eat a mixture of fresh fruit, including apples, bananas, blackberries, figs, cherries, grapes and melon. They also eat vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber. Nuts that cockatoos like include almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, cedar nuts and pine nuts and they can be eaten with or without the shell. Diets can include corn and insects, depending on if they are available where the animal lives.

The Overall Cost of Owning a Cockatoo

The cost of owning a small bird can add up and can be more than most people expect. Depending upon the species of cockatoo, the cost of the bird itself can be fairly cheap, or reach $1,000 or sometimes more.  For example, the Umbrella Cockatoo tends to be one of the most expensive.

Bird Cage $60-1000
Food/Water Bowls 8-30$
Four Toys 20-100$
Two Perches 12-30$
One Ladder 8-18$
One Swing 10-40$
One Play Stand 30-200$
Nest (small birds) 4-12$
One Bird Bath 8$
Nail Clipper 8-12$
Styptic Powder 7$
Wing Scissors 8$
Cleaning Supplies 30$
Bag of Bird Food 9-20$
Travel Carrier 25-80$
Veterinary Exam 50-200$
Total Cost for Beginning Supplies $300 - $1,800

Owning a Cockatoo

These birds are definitely worth the money, and I prefer to adopt rather than shop. If you adopt from anywhere local or far it will be less expensive than purchasing at a pet store or breeder and the adopted bird has also been through a lot and needs a home, which is the most important thing.