Cockatoos are noted for being charming, affectionate birds. They are mischievous birds that have an affectionate personality and a streak of comedy.

Cockatoos are mischievous birds that have an affectionate personality and a streak of comedy. That may make one feel that they make ideal pets, but things are not always as simple as they seem. Basically, these birds need a lot of attention, and if they don’t get that, they feel neglected and become cranky. They start screaming, become aggressive, confused, and even go to the extent of attacking their owners.

The key to a great Cockatoo as a companion bird is a great beginning. Cockatoos are known for becoming phobic and developing behavioral issues such as plucking and/or screaming.

Cockatoos are noted for being charming, affectionate birds, with a voice that sounds a lot like “Cousin It.” They are also known for being exceptionally cuddly birds that want to be “on” their people as much as possible.

All cockatoo species occur in Australia and the islands around Oceania,


The average lifespan is about 40 years for smaller birds like the Goffin’s Cockatoo. The larger cockatoos, like Moluccan species, have a longer lifespan of about 80 years. Most of the birds die young in captivity, which reiterates that good care is required to ensure long life.

Physical Appearance

There are about 21 species of cockatoos in the world. While most of these are white in color, some come in shades of gray, pink, black, and deep blue. These birds are native to the Indonesian Islands and make for excellent pets. We have hand raised and tamed cockatoos for sale, including the Bare Eyed Cockatoos, Black Palm Cockatoos,
Ducorp Cockatoos, Goffin Cockatoos, Sulpher Crested Cockatoos, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Moluccan Cockatoos, Rose Breasted Cockatoos, Triton Cockatoos, Umbrella Cockatoos.

Their size differs from one species to another, while the lesser sulfur-crested Cockatoo and Goffin’s Cockatoo are the smallest of the lot, the Moluccan Cockatoo, greater sulfur-crested Cockatoo, and the umbrella cockatoo are the largest.


Cockatoos are lively, affectionate birds. They are quite cuddly and bond very closely with their owners. However, their sociability and need for affection mean they demand a great deal of time from their owners. Deprived of love, cockatoos will become depressed or exhibit neurotic behaviors. They are intelligent, playful, mischievous, and can be exceptionally loud. They are somewhat excitable, and sometimes they do not mix well with young kids. A cockatoo’s powerful beak can injure small, prodding hands.


A healthy Cockatoo diet consists of a large variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, and nuts. As well as cooked grains such as barley, oats, brown rice, vegetable pasta, and sweet potato. Pellets* and a small amount of seed should be included at least several times a week.

Cockatoos will happily feast on fresh vegetables, grains, fruits, etc. You can also include bird pellets in their diet. You will have to be careful when feeding seeds and seed mixes as they are high-fat content. Nuts can be given as a special treat. Never give them chocolates, fried foods, alcohol, or salted foods, like potato chips, pretzels, etc.

Cockatoos are somewhat like humans in behavior; in a sense, they need a lot of love. They are compassionate, so make sure you don’t neglect them in any way.


A cockatoo should be allowed plenty of opportunity for exercise. 3 to 4 hours a day outside of the cage is ideal. If not practical, then at least an hour on a Play Gym with time allowed interaction with people.

Cage Size:

The bigger the cage, the better. Large Cockatoo’s, such as Umbrella’s and Moluccan’s, should have a cage 40″ wide x 30″ deep at minimum. Smaller Cockatoo’s such as the Goffin’s and Ducorps can get by with a cage 36″ wide x 24″ deep, but again bigger is always better! I recommend 40″ wide x 36″ deep for ALL size Cockatoos. They love the space, and this allows lots of room for toys and perches.

As far as housing requirements are concerned, you need to have a cage that is not smaller than a 24″ x 36″ x 48″ in size. It should have a bar spacing of ¾” to 1″. If you have a large cockatoo, you will need a cage of about 24″ x 48″ x 48″ and bar spacing of about 1″ to 1.5″. You should buy strong cages made of wrought iron, stainless steel, etc., as cockatoos have a very tough beak.

You should give your bird lots of toys to play with. They are aggressive chewers and love to destroy things. Therefore, giving them softwood toys, tanned vegetable leather, ropes, bells, and even cardboard to play with makes sense. Their toys should include hanging toys and those that the bird can pick up with its beak.

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Bare Eyed Cockatoos for Sale

Intelligent and friendly, bare-eyed cockatoos make excellent pets for experienced bird owners who would like a cockatoo but don't have the space to keep one of the larger species. However, many owners love this endearing quality; it's a wonderfully affectionate bird that will even cuddle with you.

Black Palm Cockatoos for Sale

The black palm cockatoo can be a good pet, but don't expect it to be as affectionate as many other parrots. To tame this species, the bird requires a lot of attention and consistent training. However, it is a brilliant and social bird, so you can get this bird to follow your commands if you are persistent.

Ducorp Cockatoos for Sale

Ducorp’s Cockatoo is a friendly, smart, and very playful parrot that will never fail to make your day better and funnier. They make a great pet for families or singles that want a sociable, The Ducorp's Cockatoo is reported to be intelligent and playful. They are quieter than most Cockatoos and make sweet pets, given the right environment that considers their need for plenty of companionship/interaction and mental stimulation.

Goffin Cockatoos for Sale

Goffin Cockatoos are extremely intelligent. They require lots of love, time, and attention. Goffins are a fantastic size, they are small, but they have huge personalities. Goffin Cockatoos tend to do well in homes that offer much consistency in their daily routine. They are your constant companion and want to be out of the cage at all times. We encourage lots of foraging opportunities for Goffins. They like to problem solve. Ideally, the minimum cage size for this bird would be 36’’ long, 24’’ wide, and 66’’ high with ¾’’ wire spacing.

Major Mitchell Cockatoos for Sale

We have Males and Females Major Mitchell Cockatoos for Sale from 5 to 9 months old. DNA tested, thoroughly health tested with vet certificate. They are cute and very friendly. They love to be held, stroked and will climb all over you. They have been hand-reared from a very young age, and so they are very friendly and tame towards everyone, including children. They feed on apples, bananas, and pellets mixed with seeds.

Moluccan Cockatoos for Sale

Moluccans are brilliant birds that thrive on challenges. They can learn to dance and do tricks and acts like an entertaining comedian when in a good mood. While Moluccans are known to be extremely affectionate, males may get aggressive as they age.

Rose Breasted Cockatoos for Sale

The galah cockatoo is known for being a lovely companion since it is affectionate and friendly. These birds, unlike umbrella cockatoos, are not fond of cuddling. They are, nevertheless, used to dealing with it. It's a delicate bird that demands a lot of attention and engagement from its caretakers. The Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, on the other hand, can make a great pet. Young birds caught in the wild can develop into affectionate and friendly birds. They will, however, often become a little unpredictable as they grow older, and they should never be permitted to spend time on a person's shoulder.

Sulfur Crested Cockatoos for Sale

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos are considered the most intelligent of parrots by pet enthusiasts. They have the learning capacity of a 1 to a 2-year-old human child, and they are capable of being taught to speak words and phrases.

Umbrella Cockatoos for Sale

Umbrella Cockatoos are common in captivity as a popular pet. They tend to be very cuddly, affectionate birds that require a lot of attention, more so than other parrots. However, like all parrots, they can be very loud, screaming at sunrise, sundown, and for attention.