1. Moluccan Cockatoo

Cockatoo Parrot

The Moluccan Cockatoo, hailing from the Moluccan Islands in Indonesia, boasts a stunning appearance with its gentle blush of rose hues. Known for their affectionate and sociable nature, these birds make delightful pets with their playful demeanor and exceptional intelligence. To ensure their well-being, provide a spacious living environment with a large cage equipped with toys and perches, and allow for regular out-of-cage time for exploration and social interaction. They are generally not suitable for apartment living.

 Species Profile

LENGTH: 20" Long

WEIGHT: 700 -1,000 GM | 30 oz.

CREST COLOR: Salmon

LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH OPTIMUM CARE: 80 years

NOISE LEVEL: Very Loud

WHERE FROM: Southern Moluccan Islands, Indonesia; Live in dense forests

FLOCK SIZE: Small, loose flocks

COMMON HEALTH ISSUES: Feather plucking & self-mutilation, particularly if their unique care needs are not met, psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), fatty liver disease and obesity. Most of these issues can be controlled with a proper diet.

    2. Umbrella Cockatoo

    Umbrella Cockatoo Parrot

    Discover the Umbrella Cockatoo, a captivating avian wonder originating from the lush tropical rainforests of Indonesia. Distinguished by its unique crest reminiscent of an open umbrella, these charismatic birds enchant with both their charming personalities and striking visuals. Celebrated for their affectionate demeanor, Umbrella Cockatoos thrive in environments that prioritize social interaction and mental stimulation. Because they are loud, they may not be suitable for apartment living. 

     Species Profile

    LENGTH: 18 - 22"" Long

    WEIGHT: 400-700 GM | 17 - 25 oz.

    CREST COLOR: White

    NOISE LEVEL: Very Loud

    LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH OPTIMUM CARE: 70 - 80 years

    WHERE FROM: Indonesia; Live in dense forests

    FLOCK SIZE: Small, loose flocks

    COMMON HEALTH ISSUES: Feather plucking & self-mutilation, particularly if their unique care needs are not met, psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), atherosclerosis, stroke, fatty liver disease and obesity. Most of these issues can be controlled with a proper diet.

      3. Goffin Cockatoo

      Goffin Cockatoo Parrot

      Meet the Goffin Cockatoo, originally from the tropical Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia, adding a splash of exotic charm to the world of pet birds. Goffins are friendly and curious, making them great companions. They love hanging out with people, so if you're looking for a lively feathered friend, Goffin Cockatoos are perfect for homes where they can get lots of attention and have plenty of fun.

       Species Profile

      LENGTH: About 12 1/2"

      WEIGHT: 220-390 GM

      CREST COLOR: White

      NOISE LEVEL: Less loud than larger cockatoos but still considered to be one of the louder pet birds.

      LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH OPTIMUM CARE: Up to 40 years

      WHERE FROM: Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia, They typically inhabit coastal lowland forests.

      FLOCK SIZE: Up to 300 birds.

      COMMON HEALTH ISSUES: Feather picking/self-mutilation, particularly if their unique wellness needs are unmet, obesity, psittacine beak and feather disease, atherosclerosis, stroke. Most of these issues can be controlled with a proper diet.

        4. Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

        Bare-eyed Cockatoo

        Bare-eyed Cockatoos, with their playful and affectionate personalities, make fantastic companions for those seeking a feathery friend full of charm. Known for their excellent talking and training abilities, these clever birds love to show off their skills, making interactions with them both entertaining and rewarding. Best suited for homes that offer a mix of attention, mental stimulation, and a cozy environment, Bare-eyed Cockatoos thrive when surrounded by the love and care of their human families.

         Species Profile

        LENGTH: 14 - 16" Long

        WEIGHT: 1,000 GM | 30 oz.

        CREST COLOR: White

        NOISE LEVEL: Not as loud as their larger cousins, but still a loud parrot

        LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH OPTIMUM CARE: 50 years

        WHERE FROM: Australia and Southern New Guinea

        FLOCK SIZE: Small, loose flocks

        COMMON HEALTH ISSUES: psittacosis, prone to fatty liver disease, obesity and fatty liver disease, feather plucking and other behavior issues.

          5. Galah (Rose-Breasted) Cockatoo

          Rose-breasted Cockatoo

          Meet the Galah Cockatoo, also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, a lively feathered companion ready to bring cheer to your home. With their outgoing personalities, these charming birds love to play and socialize, making them perfect companions for families. Galahs shine not only as great talkers and learners but also thrive in homes where they receive ample love and attention. While they may not be cuddlers, their clownish antics add an extra dose of laughter and entertainment to any household, making them clever and delightful pets.

           Species Profile

          LENGTH: 12 - 15" Long

          WEIGHT: 270-350 GM

          CREST COLOR: Light Pink

          NOISE LEVEL: Not as loud as their larger cousins, but can develop an annoying screeching behavior

          LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH OPTIMUM CARE: 40 +/- years

          WHERE FROM: Australia

          FLOCK SIZE: 10 -1,000

          COMMON HEALTH ISSUES: Fatty liver disease, lipomas (fatty tumors), psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), feather-picking, and other forms of self-mutilation (if they feel neglected)

            6. Citron Cockatoo

            Citron Cockatoo

            Meet the Citron Cockatoo, a feathered friend with a sunny personality that brightens any home. These cheerful birds are not only known for their friendly and affectionate nature but also for their impressive talking and training skills, making them entertaining companions. Best suited for homes that provide love, attention, and mental stimulation, Citron Cockatoos thrive in environments where their playful personalities can truly shine, bringing joy and warmth to families seeking an engaging and delightful pe

             Species Profile

            LENGTH: 12 - 14" Long

            WEIGHT: 300 - 500 GM 

            CREST COLOR: Orange

            NOISE LEVEL: Quieter than most cockatoos but can still be relatively loud

            LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH OPTIMUM CARE: 50

            WHERE FROM: Sumba Island in Indonesia

            FLOCK SIZE: Small, loose flocks

            UNIQUE DIETARY NEEDS: Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and some insects

            COMMON HEALTH ISSUES: Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (Common in the wild population but uncommon now in captive cockatoos),Proventricular dilation disease, Feather-picking, Poor eating habits, Bacterial and fungal infections, Sarcocystis. Mate aggression, Toxicity, ingestion of metals

              What Is The Friendliest Cockatoo?

              Say "hello" to the Moluccan Cockatoo, known as the friendliest cockatoo in the parrot family. With its gentle and loving personality, the Moluccan Cockatoo stands out as a feathery friend like no other. Enhancing their natural sweetness is easy through patient training, where these clever birds quickly learn tricks and commands, building a strong and positive connection with their human companions. Say hello to your chirpy friend, M2, and experience the warmth of the friendliest cockatoo around.

              Training a Moluccan Cockatoo is a rewarding experience, as their natural affectionate tendencies can be channeled into fun and interactive activities. These social birds thrive on positive reinforcement, so using treats and praise can help strengthen the bond between you and your feathery friend. Simple commands and tricks not only provide mental stimulation but also help channel their energy in a positive direction, fostering a deeper connection and enhancing the overall sweetness of these delightful birds.

              It's important to note that Moluccan Cockatoos, like many large parrots, may experience hormonal seasons. During these times, they might display increased vocalizations, restlessness, and even a bit of assertiveness. To manage a large cockatoo during hormonal seasons, ensure a consistent routine, provide plenty of toys for mental stimulation, and be attentive to their needs. Offering a mix of positive reinforcement and maintaining a stable environment can help navigate hormonal changes, ensuring a harmonious and enjoyable relationship with your Moluccan Cockatoo throughout the seasons.

              Cultivating a strong bond with your Moluccan Cockatoo extends beyond affectionate interactions; it encompasses adopting a comprehensive approach to their overall well-being. While it's tempting to indulge in cuddling, it's important to recognize that this practice can be detrimental. Instead, express your love by facilitating and nurturing their innate parrot behaviors.

              Ensure a balanced and nutritious diet by incorporating high-quality pellets and fresh foods into their meals, promoting optimal health. Additionally, mimic the natural behaviors of wild parrots as highlighted by experts like Pamela Clark,(February 2020) encourage regular bathing, provide opportunities for exercise, and engage their sharp minds with mental stimulation and foraging activities. By nurturing their physical and mental needs, you not only strengthen your bond but also create a happy and thriving environment for your feathered friend, ensuring the friendliest Cockatoo experience for both of you.

              How Smart Is A Cockatoo?

              Cockatoos, known for their remarkable intelligence, are like feathery Einsteins among birds. These clever creatures can be taught an array of skills, from mimicking words and phrases to mastering fun tricks like waving or turning around. Engaging them in learning is a delightful journey that involves positive reinforcement, using treats and praise to reward their efforts. One effective method is the concept of "Parrot Kindergarten," a playful and interactive approach to teaching where these bright birds can develop their cognitive abilities while having a blast.

              In Parrot Kindergarten, the focus is on creating a stimulating and supportive environment for parrots to explore and learn in 5-minute lessons. Start with simple lessons for new learners like colors, shapes, and symbols, the program provides a structured yet fun approach to teaching. The use of colorful toys, interactive games, and social interactions with both humans and fellow birds helps foster a love for learning. With patience and consistency, this method not only nurtures their intelligence but also strengthens the bond between these clever companions and their human teachers.

              In Parrot Kindergarten, the focus is on creating a stimulating and supportive environment for cockatoos to explore and learn. From simple commands like "step up" to more complex tasks, the kindergarten setting provides a structured yet fun approach to teaching. The use of colorful toys, interactive games, and social interactions with both humans and fellow birds helps foster a love for learning. With patience and consistency, this method not only nurtures their intelligence but also strengthens the bond between these clever companions and their human teachers. 

              Is Owning A Cockatoo Hard? The Pros & Cons

              Pros of Owning a Cockatoo Cons of Owning a Cockatoo
              • Affectionate Companionship
              • Intelligent and Learn Quickly
              • Playful and Entertaining
              • Long Lifespan
              • Beautiful and Unique Appearance
              • Social Interaction
              • Varied Vocalizations
              • Potential Lifelong Bond
              • Affordable Diet
              • Opportunity for Learning
              • Needy, requiring 3 - 4 hours of out of cage time daily
              • Destructive Chewing Habits
              • Feather Plucking
              • Long Lifespan Commitment
              • Potential for Aggression
              • Messy Eaters
              • Space Requirements
              • Can be Noisy, Not Well-Suited for Apartments
              • Emits Powdery Dust


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              References:

              Clark, P. (2020, February 6). Encouraging Natural Behaviors in Captive Parrots. The Parrot Steward Blog. https://blogpamelaclarkonline.com/2020/02/06/encouraging-natural-behaviors-in-captive-parrots/"

              Cunha, J. Parrot Kindergarten.

              https://lafeber.com/vet/basic-information-sheet-for-the-cockatoo/

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galah

              https://seaworld.org/animals/facts/birds/moluccan-cockatoo/

              https://www.thesprucepets.com/bare-eyed-cockatoos-390562

              https://www.thesprucepets.com/rose-breasted-cockatoos-390569

              https://susanclubb.com/knowledge-center/bird-species-profiles/20-cockatoos/81-citron-crested-cockatoo#

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              Diane Burroughs, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist trained in ABA therapy techniques. She specializes in avian anxiety disorders and is certified in Nutrition For Mental Health. Diane has written a number of bird behavior books and she offers behavior consultations. She's developed a range of UnRuffledRx Science-backed Parrot Wellness Supplies.

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