Subject: Quick lessons on Cockatoos - Save 15% on Higgins Bird Food

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Cockatoos are surely beautiful birds. The two most popular big White Cockatoos are the Molucaan Cockatoo and Umbrella Cockatoo. A Petco Molucaan care sheet says  "they are one of the most affectionate and loving of all parrots". Judy from Judy Leach's  parrots says that Molucaans can be easily spoiled as babies and can become demanding and will begin screaming to get attention. How loud is Molucaan cockatoo? To put this in perspective a 747 jumbo jet produces 140 dB of sound. Molucaan Cockatoos are the loudest bird in the world and can can scream at 135 dB. Click here if you'd like to hear a sample Molucaan Cockatoo scream.

Probably the most popular Cockatoo is the Umbrella Cockatoo. Baby Umbrellas can be extremely cuddly. Parent Umbrellas (and Molucaans) spend an amazing amount of time and attention doting on their offsprings. Hand fed babies just love their human caregivers. Thus we have birds that are extraordinarily affectionate and yet at the same time can be very annoying and demanding as adults.

If you're thinking of getting one of these big cockatoos your first consideration is to look around you home and make sure you have  enough space for a very large cage. They really require bird cage almost 4 feet wide by 3 feet deep if at all possible. A big bird cage filled with lots of challenging toys will have a  positive impact on the relationship between bird and humans, actually acting as a buffer between you and the bird.

Major Mitchell Cockatoos are smaller (about 14" long - 350-400 grams) & are absolutely gorgeous but they're less suitable as pets because they become more aggressive as they mature. So if you're looking for a smaller Cockatoo consider a Bare Eyed Cockatoo. They can be a bright and active social bird and make a wonderful family pet. They are naturally entertaining to go along with their comical look.

Galah Cockatoos are engagingly beautiful (about 14" long - 350-400 grams) and can be great pets much easier to keep some of the other Cockatoo species. They don't have to be out of the cage as much as a big Cockatoos and they are less needy. Their playful demeanor will easily allow you to scratch their heads are beaks which will make them quite appreciative. 

Ducorp's Cockatoos are small (about 14" long - 350-400 grams) and have the distinction of being able to be sexed by eye color (although not 100% reliable) when mature. Although juveniles of either sex have little brown eyes, the eyes of mature male are usually dark brown or black while the eyes of a mature female Ducorps are red.

Read Tail Black Cockatoos, are large (almost 24 inches long) can live as 100 years and can be as vocal as any of the large Cockatoos They generally don't get along well with children and other pets although we have customers and Facebook fans who do care for one or more. Were told that if you don't pay attention to these birds they can develop behavioral issues.

If you've never heard of the Yellow-crested Abbot's Cockatoo, you're not alone
. Found in the wild only on a single island (tiny Masakambing Island; 500 ha) in the Masalembu Archipelago (Indonesia) and is the world's most rare Cockatoo. They were only recently rediscovered in 2008 and it's believed there's only about 10 of these Cockatoos in existence or least that's how many have been identified. The biggest danger to these birds is the acquisition of them by government officials who keep them as pets because of the prestige of having such a rare bird is a companion animal.

Cockatiels are one of the most popular kept pet birds in America. Although smaller than most cockatoos they are in fact a member of the cockatoo family. To learn more about Cockatiels please click here

More about Cockatoos in our next message :-)

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Black-and-red cockatoos
Red-tailed Black
Cockatoo

Glossy Black
Cockatoo
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Glossy Black Cockatoo

Black-and-yellow/white cockatoos
Yellow-tailed Black
Cockatoo
Short-billed Black
Cockatoo
Long-billed Black
Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Short-billed Black Cockatoo Long-billed Black Cockatoo


Black & Red Cockatoos
Palm
Cockatoo

Gang-gang
Cockatoo
Palm Cockatoo Gang-gang Cockatoo

Pink Cockatoos
Galah 
(Rose Breasted Cockatoo)

Major Mitchell's
Cockatoo
 
Rose Breasted Cockatoo Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

White Cockatoos
Yellow-crested
Cockatoo
 
Abbott's
Cockatoo
Timor
Cockatoo
Yellow-crested Cockatoo Abbott's Cockatoo Timor Cockatoo

Citron-crested
Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested
Cockatoo 
Triton
Cockatoo
Citron-crested Cockatoo Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Triton Cockatoo

Eleonora
Cockatoo
Fitzroy
Cockatoo
Greater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Eleonora Cockatoo Fitzroy Cockatoo Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Blue-eyed
Cockatoo
White
Cockatoo
 (Umbrella)
Salmon-crested
Cockatoo (Moluccan)
Blue-eyed Cockatoo White Cockatoo (Umbrella) Salmon-crested Cockatoo (Moluccan)

Long-billed
Corella
Western
Corella
Muir's
Corella
Long-billed Corella Western Corella Muir's Corella

Solomons
Cockatoo (Ducorps)
Little
Corella
Tanimbar Corella
(Goffin's Cockatoo)
Solomons Cockatoo (Ducorps) Little Corella Tanimbar Corella (Goffin's Cockatoo)

Red-vented
Cockatoo
Red-vented Cockatoo

Does anyone have a picture of a Butlers Corella? We've never seen one either.

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Until next time

Catherine Tobsing
President, Windy City Parrot, Inc 


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