Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are fun and independent friends
The Bare Eyed Cockatoo is often overlooked because of its appearance, but this fascinating species is fun, comical, and more independent than some other Cockatoo species.
They are content to play on their own and are less likely to become overly demanding than some of the other Cockatoos, but they still require a lot of time and attention. If not given the right amount of attention, they can still become screamers and feather pluckers. For this reason, they are best for experienced bird owners.
Bare Eyed Cockatoos are known for being fun, clownish, goofy, and all-around entertaining. They are very friendly and make great family pets. They are also one of the better talkers of the Cockatoos and also tend to be more talented as well.
To read more about Cockatoos as pets, please visit our Cockatoo page.
Even though Bare Eyeds are more independent, all 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 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.
|Name||Bare Eyed Cockatoo (Cacatua sanguinea), Little Corellas, Short-Billed Corellas|
|Origin||Eastern and Northern Australia|
|Color Differences||Bare Eyeds are often confused with the Goffin’s Cockatoo. The notable differences between the two are that Bare Eyeds are slightly larger and have a large blue ring of bare skin around their eyes.|
|Noise||Can be loud–Bare Eyed Cockatoos are less likely to scream than some of the other species of Cockatoos (particularly the larger ones) because they are more independent and can play on their own. However, they can become screamers if not given a good amount of attention.|
|Living Arrangements||Because they can be very loud, they are best suited for living in a house.|
|Qualities||Fun, goofy, lots of personality, clownish, playful, interactive, affectionate, great family pet, curious, comical, one of the best talkers of the Cockatoo species, cuddly, less likely to become overly demanding than other Cockatoo species, but still prone to behavior problems.|
|Abilities||Good–Bare Eyed Cockatoos are said to be one of the better talkers of the Cockatoos and they are also trainable.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||High–They love their owners and always want attention. While Bare Eyeds are more independent than some of the other species, you still need to be prepared to spend at least 2 hours a day with him to give him the time and attention he needs.|
|Diet||They need a large parrot diet.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for large parrots.|
Bare-Eyed Cockatoo Videos
“Frostie The Cockatoo Dancing To Shake Your Tail Feather! Bird Loves Ray Charles!”
This is by far my favorite Cockatoo video. This video shows just how much personality (and talent!) these birds can have!
“Roxie the Bare-Eyed Cockatoo Talking”
This is a great video that shows how good Bare Eyeds are with kids and also gives you a small taste of what their adorable little voices sound like!
“Sanctuary Takes Birds Owners Can’t Care For (WCCO-TV CBS)”
Many pet birds are landing in bird rescues all over the country. Cockatoos are very needy and many owners don’t realize how much it takes in order to keep their Cockatoo healthy, happy, and screaming/plucking/illness free. It truly takes a lot. This is a great video of a news story covering the common heartbreaking story of birds being given up by their owners. Or worse, birds being neglected by their owners and not receiving the love and care they so desperately need.
Bare 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. Whether your parrot 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 Dave and Jamieleigh Womach. You can see many of their videos for free to get an idea of how much they know about parrots and how they can help you train yours.
Below is one of Dave’s videos about stopping your Cockatoo’s 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 only the first step in stopping your Cockatoo from screaming. We highly recommend checking out the BirdTricks Training Course for training your parrot even further.
For more information about Dave and Jamieleigh’s courses, you can visit the Bird Tricks website HERE.
Bare 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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