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Glossy Black-Cockatoos mostly occur in eastern Australia, from south-eastern Queensland to eastern Victoria, and there is also an outlying population much further west, on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. One of the colloquial names for the species is the Casuarina Cockatoo, and this arises from the birds’ preferred food: the seeds of the casuarina tree. They strip the seed pods from the tree, then tear them open with their strong bills to extract the seeds — the ground below is often littered with dozens of discarded cones.
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The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is the smallest of the five black cockatoos. It has a brown-black head, neck, and underparts, with red or orange-red tail panels and an otherwise dull black body. The crest is small and inconspicuous and the bill is broad and bulbous.
The History of the Cockatoo
There are over 20 species of cockatoos, each with their own behaviors and personalities, said Jody Rosengarten, a dog trainer, behavior therapist, and parrot enthusiast. Cockatoos are highly social and in the wild will forage in flocks as large as 100 birds.
What Do Cockatoos Eat?
According to Dr. Hess, cockatoos need a varied diet, including greens, vegetables, and fruits, with around two-thirds of a typical diet coming from nutritionally balanced, formulated pellets. An exclusive, seed-only diet is not recommended, she added, as the seed is deficient in nearly all vital nutrients.
Behavioral Issues in Cockatoos
Each cockatoo has its own personality, and while some can be affectionate, even “cuddle-able,” especially as babies, Rosengarten said, others can be very aggressive and prone to biting once they become sexually mature after about five to seven years of age.
Caring for Your Cockatoo
Cockatoo owners can also promote exercise with play — such as climbing on tree stands out of the cage — to help prevent obesity.
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Cockatoos are often described as intelligent and emotional birds and many describe life with a cockatoo as living with a perpetual 2-year-old child, capable of temper tantrums as well as complete silliness.
Speech & Sound
Cockatoo Parrots can be extremely loud, especially when seeking attention and at certain times of the day, such as at sunrise and sunset. They can learn to speak a few words and phrases.
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Cockatoos parrots are available from avian-specialty stores, and bird breeders as well as for adoption from bird rescue organizations. Cockatoos are often given up for adoption due to behavior issues, which makes this a bird that needs to be fully researched and carefully considered.