Cockatoo (Cacatuidae)| Characteristics, Habitats & Amazing Facts

Name - Cockatoo


Scientific Name : Cacatuidae

Type : Birds 

Age : 20 To 70 Years

Diet : Omnivore



Physical Characteristics:

Length : 30cm To 76cm

Weight : 300g To 1200g

Colour : Wthite , Pink , Yellow 

Skin Type : Feathers

Lifespan : 20 To 7 Years

Current Population : 1000

Current Population Trend : Decreasing 

Native : Australia , Indonesia , Philippines 



Main Pray : Fruits , Seeds , Tubers

Habitat : Forest , Grove , Plains 

Predators : 1200g

Favorite Food : Fruits

Amazing Facts

They’re chatty, and like to scream. Cockatoos can be taught some words but don’t have the ability to fully mimic human speech. So a cockatoo will squawk, and the squawking is sometimes accompanied by loud screaming. A talkative cockatoo may speak about 20 words or so and learn some simple expressions over the years. They might also babble and chatter. Since they’re are so loud, they’re not exactly suited for apartment living. If the cockatoo lives in a loud, noisy home, it will just get louder and more boisterous. This bird is at its best living in a quiet house without confusion and noise.

They can be cuddly – mostly: Cockatoos are known as the cuddliest of parrots – they even like to be petted by strangers. They bond with humans and love attention. Many have playful and friendly personalities. However, some can be affectionate and loving for years until they become sexually mature, and then become a whole different bird. Their demeanor and behavior can also drastically change during breeding season.

They’re smart: They can solve problems and can get themselves into trouble if not watched when out of their cages. It’s been reported that they’re smarter than human toddlers. Not only are they intelligent, they’re also social. They can become bored quickly because of their need for interaction. If a cockatoo isn’t kept entertained, it may start self-mutilation and feather plucking.

Their show their moods with their crests: A cockatoo’s crest can be an indicator of how their emotions are running. Their crests are used to ward predators away, and also to show their excitement. If their crest is raised, your bird is alert, agitated or excited. When you see your bird raise their crest and begin to dance, they can switch to aggression quickly. If their crest is lowered, then your bird is feeling submissive. Or if their crest is relaxed, the cockatoo is resting, eating or in a contented state.

You won’t be able to tell their gender without a DNA test: Cockatoos are dimorphic, which means that the male and female of the species are almost identical. So it’s difficult to distinguish the sex of the cockatoo that you purchase. Some of the species do have a subtle difference, but you would have to have to birds side by side to see any difference. Some males may be a bit bigger than a female, or their feathers may be a little bolder. But, in many of the cockatoos, males have dark irises and female have light colored eyes. The only real way to tell, however, is to have a DNA test to determine the sex by sending some of your bird’s feathers to a lab.

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