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General Information about Cockatoos

Although cockatoos are not a parrot species known for their talking ability, they make up for it in their affectionate, lovable nature. Cockatoos are generally friendly with everyone, and make exceptional family pets because they do very well with children. The smaller members of the cockatoo species generally are better talkers than the larger of the species, and are less dependent and demanding of attention. Their affectionate nature can be a detriment if spoiled. Owners of one of these parrots must be careful not to establish routines for time out of the cage and family time. Routines that cannot be maintained all of the time may be met with the rebellion in the form of perpetual screaming or even biting. All cockatoos must learn from an early age that there are times that they must entertain themselves. This does not necessarily mean that you must limit time you spend with them or the affection you give them, but attention given to them should be on your terms and not when they demand it.

If properly trained, Cockatoos can be wonderful pets and companions if dependent or dominant tendencies are discouraged. It should also be noted that males of some species, particularly the larger ones, tend to be possessive and jealous of the ones they love. This tendency can sometimes cause aggression toward whoever they consider a threat, and also sometimes toward the ones they love. In a breeding situation, it is quite common for male cockatoos to cripple or even kill their mates when the females don't behave as they want them to. They are also known to kill their own babies if the female spends too much time with them. In a pet situation, to them, their human companions are equivalent to their mate. As a rule, this behavior is more common in the larger species, but it does sometimes occur in the smaller cockatoos.

Cockatoos, in general, should be kept on a diet that is lower in fat than a diet for most other parrot species. If given a diet that is too high in fat, they have a tendency to develop fatty tumors and a fatty liver. Either condition will shorten their lives considerably.

The pages for the various cockatoo species describe each and explain possible tendencies for each species. Keep in mind that although each species may have personality or temperament tendencies, each is an individual. Training, environment, and handling play a tremendous role in the development or suppression of these traits.

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Goffin Cockatoo Goffin Cockatoo Rosebreasted Cockatoo Rosebreasted Cockatoo
Elenora Cockatoo Elenora Cockatoo Bare-eyed Cockatoo Bare-eyed Cockatoo
Greater Sulphur Cockatoo Gallerita-Gallerita Cockatoo Moluccan Cockatoo Moluccan Cockatoo
Umbrella Cockatoo Umbrella Cockatoo

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