The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo
A rare, but wonderful friend
The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo is extremely rare, but is known to be one of the friendliest and most playful of the Cockatoos.
However, just like any Cockatoo, they are also very needy. If you own a Cockatoo, then you know why they are called the “love sponges” of the parrots. And you also know that they are the most needy of all the pet birds and often love their owners too much.
These birds make great pets, but ONLY if you are an extremely experienced bird owner. This is VERY important.
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Cockatoos require a lot of time and attention–much more than any other pet bird. If you are able to spend at least two full hours a day with your bird (out of his cage), not leave the house for 6 or more hours everyday, cook for your bird and provide him with a variety of healthy foods, handle the loud screaming, afford the large cage and huge amount of toys, and deal with the adjustment stage that can include aggression, then rescuing a Cockatoo might be a great idea. Make sure you research as much as possible because you don’t want to add to the already out-of-hand rescue problem.
Because so many Cockatoos are left to rescues, I highly encourage you to visit your local parrot rescue, see what I’m talking about, and consider rescuing one of these poor magestic creatures instead of buying one in a store. If you can handle all this, then this really might be the right bird for you.
But keep in mind that Blue-Eyed Cockatoos in particular are very hard to find. They can cost upwards of $10,000 because of their rarity. So, don’t get your hopes up if you have your mind set on this species.
|Name||Blue-Eyed Cockatoo (Cacatua ophthalmica)|
|Origin||New Britain in the Bismark Archipelago|
|Size||17-19 in., 550 grams|
|Color Differences||These Cockatoos have primarily white feathers with some yellow coloring under the crest and wings (like the Umbrella Cockatoo). However, unlike the Umbrella, they have a striking blue color around their eyes.|
|Average Cost||They can cost as much as $10,000 because of their rarity.|
|Noise||Very loud–They love to scream and if they are not getting the attention they want, they can scream for hours.|
|Living Arrangements||Because they can be very loud, they are best suited for living in a house.|
|Qualities||Very rare, one of the most playful and friendly of the Cockatoos, love to be handled, cuddly, needy, great mimics, noisy, destructive, requires a lot of time and attention, prone to behavior problems.|
|Abilities||Good–They can learn to talk, but most only learn a few words or phrases. You can train them, but they would most likely prefer to just cuddle with you.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||Very high–They love their owners and want attention 24/7. You need to be prepared to spend at least 2 hours a day with a Cockatoo to give him the time and attention he needs.|
|Diet||They need an x-large parrot diet.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for x-large parrots.|
|Blue-Eyed Cockatoo Training|
Because Cockatoos are such needy parrots, they can quickly become screamers and feather pluckers. Even if you spend a few hours with your Cockatoo every day, he may scream every minute you’re not around.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Cockatoo. Whether your Cockatoo is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about parrots and how he can help you train yours.
Below is one of Chet’s videos that discusses how to keep your Moluccan Cockatoo from screaming. Cockatoos tend to scream even if you spend plenty of time with them. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses are and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is really only the first step in stopping your Cockatoo from screaming. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for training your Cockatoo even further.
|Blue-Eyed Cockatoo Education|
- The Essential Cockatoo Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Cockatoo
- Find The Best Cockatoo Cages
- Toys Your Cockatoo Will Love
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