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The sulphur-crested cockatoo (Caparrotua galerita) is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia, and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests. A highly intelligent bird, they are well known in aviculture, although they can be demanding pets.
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In Australia, sulfur-crested cockatoos can be found widely in the north and east, ranging from the Kimberley to as far south as Tasmania, but avoiding arid inland areas with few trees. They are numerous in suburban habitats in cities such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Except for highland areas, they occur throughout most of New Guinea and on nearby smaller islands such as Waigeo, Misool and Aru, and various islands in the Cenderawasih Bay and Milne Bay.
Care and feeding of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch.
They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.
A Cockatoo diet consisting of a basic large hookbill seed mix with supplements of sprouted seeds and all sorts of fruits and vegetables is generally regarded as suitable.
Some examples of supplements are apples, pears, plums, raisons, oranges, bananas, peaches, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, chickweed, dandelions, and lots more! Do not feed avocado as it is toxic to birds!
Occasional proteins can be offered such as cottage cheese, bits of cheese, hard boiled eggs, canned dog food, and cooked meat bones. Stay away from highly seasoned, fatty processed meats.
lightly in the direction of the feathers on the top of the heads, the neck area, and other areas they can’t reach. This will help remove the clear feather sheaths from new feathers, as these can get itchy and uncomfortable.
The wings should be kept trim if you want to discourage flight and to prevent the loss of your pet through an open window or door.
The beak and claws need to be trimmed if they are not worn down from climbing and chewing.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Handling/Training
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo parrots are highly intelligent but they are not know as great talkers. Their ability to repeat some words or sounds can be accomplished with repeated training, but this is not the cockatoo’s strength. Their outstanding ability comes from being great performers!
Cockatoos will use “tools”, various objects and toys to play and perform with, such as roller skating. They are very inventive and if toys are not provided they will use what is at hand. Objects ‘at hand’ often take the form of their food dishes and perches.
To be able to handle and train your cockatoo depends first on trust, so go slowly and be consistent. A hand fed baby will not need much taming and can often be handled right away, as it is use to human attention.
Taming proceeds in steps, start with cage taming where you can approach your cockatoo’s cage without it jumping off it’s perch and heading to an opposite corner.
Next is hand taming, where your cockatoo will climb on your hand and allow you to carry it around. You can accomplish this by offering it treats from outside the cage until it is comfortable with your hand.
As your cockatoo becomes comfortable with taking treats from your hand, you then open the cage door and repeat the same process but now you are reaching into it’s cage with the treat. Once you’ve earned it’s trust, your cockatoo will begin climbing on your hand and allowing you to pet him.
Other training, such as tricks and imitating speech will take patience and repeated efforts.
Exercise and play are of great importance to Sulphur Crested Cockatoo birds and for their physical well being and psychological health of all cockatoos. They are extraordinarily playful. Cockatoos will play all day long with only short breaks for rest.
Getting out of the cage onto a playpen with lots of climbing branches is very important for the emotional well being of your pet. These activities help deter distress and prevent the problems of screeching and feather picking. Provide your parrot with lots of activities in the form of large link chains, bird ladders, parrot swings, ropes, fresh branches for gnawing and chewing, and rotate new bird toys on a regular basis.
Once it has done this, it will accept and play with it for hours.
Cockatoos that have flight feathers will fly if they out of their cage. If you have a flight aviary, your cockatoo will love to fly between perches widely spaced apart. It will take about a year for its feathers to grow back.