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Sulphur Crested Cockatoos Bird:

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are very intelligent but at the same time are noisy and conspicuous.

Sulphurs become wonderful pets as they share a strong bond with their owners. Cockatoos are extraordinarily playful and highly energetic birds.

The important point to be considered while purchasing a cockatoo is that they are highly social creatures and so they demand a significant amount of your time and attention. When deprived of affection, cockatoos will become depressed or may exhibit other behavioural problems.

This little bird will live a long healthy life if they are given an ideal caging environment and well-rounded nutrition, apart from your time. They also need plenty of exercise and space to play .The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo makes an exceptional pet as it is capable of learning speech.

Here are some guidelines to provide the best environment and promote good cockatoo behaviour:

  • The first thing which you must consider is to have a large cage for your bird to do lot of wing flapping without striking the cage bars. Also they need toys to chew on and play with inside the cage.
  • You must position the cage in a room which gets visited frequently by the family members as they are very social and inquisitive. Look for a corner which gets plenty of sunlight (to help in the development of Vitamin K) and maintain it at eye level as this will keep your cockatoo happy.
  • Your cockatoo must have a weekly shower. This helps reduce the feather dust and keeps it clean.
  • You must clean the cage every week but remove the soiled papers almost every day. Provide them fresh fruits, vegetables and water to keep them healthy and happy.
  • Your cockatoo’s diet should basically be organic and high quality pellets .This diet should also be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Occasionally human foods like chicken, fish, rice, and tofu can also be served to your bird but do ensure that the food is not too hot.
  • You must avoid giving highly seasoned and fatty processed meats to your Sulphur Crested Cockatoo as this may lead to fatty liver disease or other avian medical conditions.
  • You must scrub the food and water dishes daily with hot water before placing them into the cage to maintain a healthy environment
  • You must avoid giving chocolate and caffeine and smoking or using aerosols near the bird as these are very toxic to cockatoos.
  • It is ideal to have two pet cockatoos in case you cannot commit sufficient time for your pet. The charming avian companions will help each other fight the boredom rather than picking up habits like screaming and feather plucking.
  • You must provide your pet with a range of activities like bird ladders, swings, ropes, fresh branches for chewing, and rotate bird toys frequently. Also allow them to stay outside the cage for 1-2 hours per day to maintain the physical and psychological balance of this bird.

Lastly, do remember to take your Sulphur Crested Cockatoo to an avian veterinarian for regular checkups.

  Submitted on January 27, 2010