January 27th, 2023
If there is any pet that gives dogs a run for its money as man’s best friend, it would be this bird – the Cockatoo.
Adult Size: 12 - 24 inches Weight: 10,5 - 43 ounces Age of sexual maturity: 3 - 7 years Diet: Herbivore Favorite Food: Fruits, seeds, and tubers Predators: Falcons, eagles, owls, snakes, and cats Life Expectancy: 30 - 70 years
They became especially popular with European aristocrats in the 1900s.
European sailors who traveled to Indonesia and other Eastern countries discovered them in 1850.
Captive breeding began in the 1980s.
These may change their position according to their mood.
They are well-famous for the crest of feathers on their heads.
Another intriguing feature is the arrangement of digits on their feet, known as zygodactyls.
White cockatoos (Cacatua species) and dark cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus species)
The family of these twenty-one species is subdivided into two subfamilies based on their colors.
They are incredibly great pets due to their playful, active, and talkative nature.
If you fail to fulfill their emotional needs, it may cause depression and they could exhibit neurotic behaviors or self-mutilate.
Cockatoos can mimic almost any sound or even the words of their owners.
However, they often become excessively loud, which can become irritating and frustrating to deal with.
They're also are prone to swallow non-edible items, sometimes leading cloacal prolapse, liver disease, and obesity.
If not given sufficient attention, they start biting or chewing their bodies, especially from the chest and legs.
7 species out of 21 are already reported as threatened or critically endangered.
The species closest to extinction are the yellow-crested Cockatoo and the Philippine Cockatoo
#1 Baby cockatoos are incubated in incubators, and most of them have never seen their parents.
#2 Standing crest feathers mean that they are excited and relaxed crest feathers means the Cockatoo is also relaxed.
#3 Most cockatoos are left-handed, meaning they use their left foot for more activities.
These birds are quite demanding and have particular emotional needs.
If can undertake that, they become entertaining, affable, and long-living pets.