10 Types of Cockatoos That Make the Best Pets

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Cockatoos are semi-big and beautiful birds with one of the most interesting things about them is that there are different cockatoo types — the ones in the parrot family and not exactly the easiest birds to care for.

Some potential cockatoo owners get attracted to this bird because of its attractive plumage. However, what they are unaware of is that cockatoos demand a lot of attention and can be very noisy birds.

There are a few upsides and several downsides of being a cockatoo owner but if you’re undeterred by the cons of owning this bird here are a few of the most interesting cockatoos that are available in the pet market.

1. The bare-eyed cockatoo

bare-eyed cockatoo

While the bare-eyed cockatoo isn’t the most beautiful parrot on the planet, these birds make up for that shortcoming with their personality. Intelligent, playful, and sweet the bare-eyed cockatoo is the smallest bird in the cockatoo family.

This size of theirs makes them a perfect option for families with kids who would love to have a bird with the personality of a big parrot but doesn’t have space for a bird that size.

2. Black palm cockatoo

Black palm cockatoo

The black palm cockatoo and not only large but they are powerful birds which makes them require the expertise of an experienced parrot owner.

While black palm cockatoo that is hand fed can end up being very sweet and tame pets, they still require the stern training that only an experienced big parrot owner can provide as first-timers may get frustrated trying to care for them.

To put it simply, the black palm cockatoo is a very bold parrot that requires the care of a bold owner so if you are terrified about handling big parrots you probably shouldn’t go for a black palm cockatoo.

3. Citron cockatoo

Citron cockatoo

The citron cockatoo are about quieter than most other cockatoo species but their personality is bigger than they look and the not only like to interact they like to play with their owners a lot. Both affectionate and inquisitive, a Citroen Kolkata is one bread that never wants to leave the side of its owner.

It is a basic thing for most parrots to want to engage in plenty of interactions with their owner so that they can stay healthy and active and this is what the citron cockatoo also wants from you. In other words, he must be prepared for lots of playtime and interaction with your bird.

4. Goffin’s Cockatoo

Goffin's Cockatoo

These cockatoos find it very easy to bond with their owners, and they also enjoy lots of interactions as it helps them to maintain both their emotional and mental health. These birds would find it very difficult to thrive if they do not have enough interaction and it can cause them to engage in destructive behaviours.

For you to own a Goffin cockatoo, you must have enough time that you’re willing to spare because a busy person cannot care for this bird effectively.

5. The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Major Mitchell's Cockatoos

You want an intelligent and attractive bird, then go for the most sought after cockatoo bird called The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo. While you might find yourself tempted to rush out and purchase one of these birds, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo is a bird that requires specific environment and care compared to other birds and not all bird owners can provide that.

This is why it is recommended that only experienced parrot owners who have time on their hands should get a major Mitchell’s cockatoo as a pet.

6. The Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoos

Talk about birds that affectionate and love to bond strongly with the owners, and I’ll show you the Moluccan Cockatoos. This species of cockatoo thrives on interaction, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants a clingy and cuddly feathered friend because these birds never want to leave their owner’s sides.

Just like almost every other bird on this list, if you would be getting this one for yourself make sure you’re willing to sacrifice enough time for interactions on socialisation.

7. Rose-Breasted Cockatoo

Rose-Breasted Cockatoo

These birds have a striking and adorable personality coupled with beautiful grey and pink feathers which had made them one of the most famous cockatoo species in the pet trade.

These birds that are native to Australia have proven to have the capability of living up to 80 years in captivity if they are properly cared for and kept in good health.

The Rose-Breasted Cockatoos are also known as galahs, and they are both loud and bold birds. If you live in an apartment, I do not suggest you get one of these birds because they can be very noisy and might cause misunderstanding between you and your neighbours. You should rather opt for any of the quieter bird available that will be easy to care for.

8. The Slender-Billed Cockatoo

Slender Billed Cockatoo

Ever heard of the long-billed corellas? they are the same thing as the Slender-Billed Cockatoos. These birds have been very popular amongst the people in their native home of Australia, and they are beginning to get some love adding attention from fans all around the world.

The basic needs of a Slender-Billed Cockatoos are almost the same as what every other parrot needs to thrive in captivity. They crave to be handled and close to their owner because adequate daily interaction will help them to stay both mentally and emotionally healthy.

9. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

This one is for lovers of big birds. Parrots as large as the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are very intelligent, and they require plenty of space to play in as well as lots of exercises.

Potential owners of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos must be aware that of these birds are not provided with adequate mental stimulation and exercise; they may begin to engage in behaviours like destructive chewing and feather plucking.

To prevent such behaviours owners must be dedicated to providing plenty of toys and also providing enough interaction for their Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

10. Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoos

When that are hand fed from a young age, Umbrella Cockatoos can grow to become well-behaved and intelligent birds.

If a pet owner can meet the basic requirements of attention and proper feeding that is a bird need they could turn out to be really good companions and can be handled by children that are six years and older.

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