Cockatoo Facts!

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). Image credit: lostandcold cc2.0

Cockatoo Facts!

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). Image credit: lostandcold cc2.0

Cockatoos are crested parrots that inhabit the Australian continent. Their crest rises when the birds are threatened, angry or excited. They are usually white, but there are also pink, yellow, orange, black or grey ones. These birds are rather large — about 12 to 28 inches (30 to 71 centimeters) inches long — and have a thick, heavy bill.

cockatoos as pets
Isabel and the cockatoos. Image credit: S B cc2.0

Cockatoos are social, friendly, loyal and loving animals, and therefore they make great pets. But taking care of a cockatoo is not that easy, mostly because they need to be given a great deal of attention. They are likely to fall ill if they are bored, ignored or stressed, and they might even harm themselves by plucking out their own feathers. It is also vital that these birds are let out of their cages every day and provided with enough space to fly freely.

Juvenile Gang Gang Cockatoo
A Juvenile Gang Gang Cockatoo handpicking its food. Image credit: Rod Waddington cc2.0

These birds are very intelligent. They are even good at imitating words that they hear. They can also use their legs as hands to pick up food and bring it to their mouths. Cockatoos have very long life spans, as long as 60 to 70 years!

Cockatoos are featured in the following books:
25 Australian Animals
101 Facts… Parrots!

Cockatoos are also mentioned in:
Top 10 Fun Facts About Parrots!
Oldest-Living Creatures on Earth.
Top 10 Longest Living Animals!

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about cockatoos. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Wild Sulphur-crested Cockatoo encounter – Australia by polytelismedia
  2. Wild Black Cockatoos in Australia by polytelismedia
  3. Australian cockatoos and parrots by rbsinger70
  4. NATURE | Parrots in the Land of Oz | Drumming up love | PBS
  5. Australian pink cockatoo or Galah by screenshot
  6. Australian Wildlife: Wallaby vs Cockatoo by SharonBeder

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