When You Choose a Cockatoo, Pick the Bird That Selects You

One belief pet owners across the world share in common is: «When choosing a bird, pick a bird that selects you». It is believed that this bird will be cheerful, inquisitive and will readily come to you.

And before you buy a Cockatoo, make sure you know what you are getting into. Unlike other pets, «cockatoos require a lot of time and attention». They will also expect you to interact with them often.

This makes it all the more essential that your pet and you are compatible with each other!


The first in the list are the Cockatiels. Cockatiels are considered the most popular pet of the cockatoo species all over the world. These gentle and friendly birds make great pets. They aren’t moody and demanding like other cockatoo species. They can therefore be a child’s first pet.

If brought home when young (8 weeks and above), they can be trained to talk, as well as perform tricks such as backward flips and rolling over. If hand-fed as a chick, they will

quickly settle in their new home. They love having an audience and will keep you amused all the time. These birds are amazing fliers. So make sure you keep their wings well clipped.

But at the same time, they should not be confined in the cage all times. Let them out for sometime. Just make sure all windows and doors are shut, fans switched off and electrical appliances like stoves and irons are not running while they are outside the cage.

Umbrella Cockatoo

The Umbrella Cockatoo is a very popular pet. They are gentle, affectionate and will charm you from the moment you set your eyes on them. They get very attached to their

owners. They love to please and you can teach your pet many tricks.

Although they aren’t good talkers, you can train them to dance to the music. They need a lot of physical attention and like a human baby, they need to be hugged, petted and

played with. They aren’t noisy birds and can be naughty one minute and quiet the next.

Galah Cockatoo

Galahs are commonly kept pets and even Galahs caught in the wild make good pets. They are affectionate and friendly. Galahs are usually pale pink and dark pink. They make good pets. They are independent birds and not needy like other species. They are happy to play on their own and require less time outside the cage.

Galahs make wonderful pets especially when hand-raised. They are extroverted, affectionate, friendly playful and intelligent. And like other cockatoos need to be kept

entertained and occupied at all times. They are quick learners and can be trained to perform several tricks.

Often you see them in bird shows, where they fly through several hoops. Galahs are good talkers and males usually have better talking ability than females. Their talking ability, however, isn’t on par with that of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos or the Corellas. So, if you’re a workaholic, then Galahs might be the right choice for you!

Goffin’s Cockatoos

The Goffin’s Cockatoo is the smallest among the cockatoo species. Goffin’s Cockatoos are gregarious, inquisitive and carefree birds. They are fun loving and make extremely

intelligent pets. Many owners claim that their personality resembles that of dogs. They are active birds that need to be kept occupied at all times. They are more independent

than other cockatoo species and don’t mind spending a little time on their own. They don’t get spoilt easily and if trained properly, they make fabulous pets. They love physical contact and love having their heads scratched. You can train them to imitate human speech but they can be very loud and are not recommended as pets for apartment dwellers.

Palm Cockatoo

The Palm Cockatoo is the largest among the different species of cockatoos. It is a striking black bird with red cheek patches. Palm Cockatoos are gentle, intelligent and love

company. They make unique and wonderful pets. They are not as noisy as some of the other species of Cockatoos. In fact their breeding call is the only loud and noisy sound they make. Palm Cockatoos are much sought after pets, but in reality, kept only in small numbers in mostly private collections.

Moluccan Cockatoo

Contrary to Little Corellas and Goffins, this species is one of the largest of the cockatoo family. The birds are pink to salmon pink with an attractive crest of orange. They make wonderful pets because they are normally very intelligent, friendly and affectionate. They are quite adept at talking and performing several tricks.

Little Corella

As true as the name implies, Little Corellas are one of the smaller cockatoo species. Little Corellas are playful, intelligent and even-tempered birds. They have been kept as pets for many years. These birds can be trained to talk and perform a variety of tricks. They also love to dance and chew. Like all cockatoos, they become very attached to their owners and need to be kept busy.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are affectionate and friendly. Although they have the tendency to become a one-person pet, they make excellent companions. They are more independent than most cockatoo species and are very intelligent. They are quite adept at talking and performing tricks. I hope all these information comes in handy to you when you select your pet cockatoo.

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