Cockatoos are popular pets. They are smart, curious and funny. But before you get a cockatoo for a pet, you need to know a few things. First, they live a long time – from 50 to 80 years. Can you take care of a pet for that long? Cockatoos need a lot of attention or they become unhappy. Plan to play with your cockatoo every day. Finally, cockatoos need a large cage and plenty of toys.
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 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.
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.