Moluccan Cockatoos

‘Intelligent’, ‘excitable’, ‘playful’ and ‘unpredictable’; just some of the many adjectives used to describe the beautiful cockatoo.

Sometime receiving bad press as pet birds, there are of course many adored and well-behaved pets, but serious thought and careful training must be given if they are to reach their maximum potential.

Screeching, feather-plucking, biting cockatoos are often the result of hand-rearing singletons who can then become disoriented in their personality, not knowing whether they are parrot or human. These hand-reared babies – who, it must be said, are completely adorable – then go on to be spoilt by their new owners and shriek for attention when they don’t get it!

I try to ensure a good start for our cockatoos by leaving them to be reared by their parents wherever possible, or else by crèche-rearing – that is to say, as part of a small group – so that they can interact with each other and not come to over-depend on the human carer.

Once weaned, if the new owner continues to train and reward good behaviour from the cockatoo, you will have a delightful companion. A Citron Crested and Lesser Sulphur Crested which I bred are not only delightful companions for their new owner, but she ‘free flies’ them each day as a matter of course. A wonderful sight.

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    The imposing Moluccan cockatoo is the largest of the “white” cockatoos and hugely popular as a pet or aviary bird. A more adoring parrot would be hard to find and, like human children, they crave attention.

    They do, however, carry a reputation for being rather noisy. Whilst most large parrots can turn up the volume on occasion, overtly loud Moluccans are usually the product of wrongful human intervention. Spoiling a young cockatoo with unlimited attention in terms of your presence and constant entertainment will result in it screaming for your attention when it is withdrawn.

    Mindful of this, if a chick is not able to be reared by its parents, we endeavour to raise it in a ‘creche’ situation with other chicks, either of their own kind or of other species. This way, they learn to interact with others and become well-adjusted adults who are not demanding and can entertain themselves with toys and so on when left to their own devices.

    If simple training is continued by the new owner, a delightful bird will ensue.

    An innate desire to continuously chew – and destroy! – items in the cage should not, however, be suppressed; simple offerings of fresh twigs and cardboard are just two free items that will sate this desire and create a happily busy bird.