Animal Stories - Citron-crested Cockatoo

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   The Citron-crested Cockatoo really stands out with the orange feathering in its crest and cheeks! It is the most striking of the six subspecies of the Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoos!
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Valerie Ann Wallingsford - 2014-06-16
I rescued a sulfur crest and a citron a few months ago. Their momma took her life and the 2 have been together for a while. They are around 10 years old from what I was told. I have 5 other birds from a blue and gold to a monk but this one poor citron is vicious. I have had biters and trained them out of it but Baby is a rough one. He has tore my arm up even when he bites he hangs on. I show him no emotion but he is relentless. He is the sweetest thing in his cage but when we let out with Coocoo he follows him around and you cannot get next to Coocoo. He will even fly at you to attack you. I am at my wits end. My heart breaks for him. He wants the attention but seems mad at the world. He is also missing a toe and plucks or was pulling his chest feathers but it does look like they are coming back since I have had him. I keep him in toys and he is plowing through toys my macaw doesn't mangle the way he does. I feel so sorry for him would appreciate any ideas tips and pointers. I've never seen a bird this bad before. Val

Dean La\'Venture - 2013-06-02
Hi i have a male 2 year old Triton cockatoo,and a female Citron-crested cockatoo she is 7 years old. My problem is she will not go no were near him what can i do. He wants to play with her but she dos'ent want to no him

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-03
    Well why not just keep them both in the same room, but not in the same cage. That way, they can have some companionship, but don't have to be best buddies. Over time, they will probably become much better friends, but let them take it at their own pace. That's what I would do:)
Danny Bryan - 2012-06-18
How do I stop my male Citron-crested Cockatoo from being agressive and screaming for hours. I recently got him from my parents he is used to me but bites any chance he can get.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-18
    Doesn't sound fun.  Cockatoos, by their nature, are extremely loving and affectionate parrots.  Yours has been moved and relocated and the people he was attached to are gone.  Big adjustment.  Think of trying to babysit a two year old.   Give him some time but talk to him, leave the TV on, let him see you and most important try and get him away from his cage and on a separate perch.  Perch on wheels that has toys and food dishes would be great cuz then you can move him by you as you are different places in the home.  Go slow with him and let him get acccostumed to you and your home.  Then I would just wait till he came to you - sorta like a pupppy does.  Was he affectionate and loving with your parents?  If he was then he will come around with you.  Toys - even sawed up 2 X 4 pine non treated will help give him something to do besides sceam.  If he wasn't loving around your parents - you might need books on training.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-21
    If I get all of this, you have a male and female Citron?  If so, the male is going to be very loud if you approach the cage and yes, he will bite.  He is protecting the female.  The female will also become very loud and extremely agressive during breeding season.  I don't know that they will return to their loving/ pet natures with humans once theyhave decided breeding season is over - or they have laid eggs. Some do and some don't.  I'd put up a nest box.  They will need to learn mating and breeding behavior (as will you) and the first couple of clutches may not result in babies, but they will catch on.
  • Danny Bryan - 2012-06-21
    He was not to friendly with my parents in the last few days. He's been getting alot better but the female is getting louder and louder
  • Richard - 2012-12-03
    Do NOT give your bird any milk, that is NOT good for them. Neither is caffeine, which can kill your bird. No chocolate You can give your bird apples, but NOT the seeds - that can kill the bird.
JOHN - 2011-01-22
I have a pair of citrons that are approx 11 and have been together a long time. I want to put a breeding box on or in their cage and have been told to build a 12"x12"x24" t box. I don't understand the layout of a t box. Can someone help me 850-653-5114

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    If you use a wooden box for Citrons = they will eat it faster than you can fix it. Suggest you go to China Praire farm and buy one. They are made from PVC = I blelieve. Still will chew but pretty indestructible. Other thought is a drum = I like the China Prarie with see doors and easy removal if need be.
  • enchilada111 - 2012-11-11
    Google a metal cockatoo breeding box. They come in a particular shape and are attached to the outside of the cage.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-11
    China Prarie farm makes excellent next boxes for all types of birds including cockatoos.  You select the box based on the bird - in your case cockatoo.  Link is
samantha ochs - 2012-08-22
PLEASE HELP!!! I recently purchased an '8' year old citron cockatoo. And lets just say this bird hates me..I'm not being dramatic one bit..I have always adored all animals and wanted a bird since i was very little..So Kacey is my first bird..I've done all my research and I just don't understand what the problem is. Any male can go to Kacey, stranger or not, and pick him up, cuddle him, pet and touch him anywhere..He isn't bothered by any of it...which i've seen that birds are either partial to males or females? Don't know how true this i but i can understand that..But whats strange to me is Kacey has had a few different owners recently which were all homes with a husband and wife and children. But they all just said the women didn't really mess with him much..BUT the kicker is, his first and longest owner was a woman, who he apparently lived with for '10' years or so until she passed away...I just don't get why he would suddenly hate women? He will step up on my arm and sit with me but wont let me touch him with my free hand...but a total stranger, as long as its a man, can do whatever he wants to him..he will even lash out at me when I just quietly walk by his cage and he's sitting on top...Please give me your opinions on what i should do...I've tried sitting quietly just one on one but he wont come around...if he doesn't stop the lashing out i'll have t find him new home..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-23
    There is no way to know anything for certai.  She is obviously bonded to fellas and probably a gal.  I would think that a woman might have abused her or possibly someone like you might have abused her.  In any case - for whatever reason and just might have been a fluke - the bird is frightened of you and protective of your husband.  Ths may turn around but maybe not.  You can try giving her Stella Dora Almond Biscuits (just a 1/2), asthey love them, pieces of toast, cashews, essentially treats as you approach the cage.  You can try going slow and seeing if she will loook upon you with geater favor - but don't expect it.  Never buy a bird or a puppy or a cat you can not handle.  If you are willing to tame/train the bird - great but if you want a lovey , cuddly pet right now - don't buy one you can't love, hug, kiss and pet NOW.
  • Mack - 2012-08-28
    Do you want to sell your cockatoo
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-03
    Although, your bird might be acting up now, they can be tamed. I have a 14 yr old that I adopted 10 months ago, After he spent years of abuse that I will not even talk about. He preferred men. Acted like he hated me. But we kept working. I would pick him up on a stick and carry him to my outside cages with my other birds. Slowly, he is now stepping up on my arm instead of the stick. I need to be very slow arround him, and tell him what I'm about to do. Like 'touch' to touch his beck or his neck or shoulder. We are working towards his letting me touch his head or crest. Don't give up and celebrate small vistories. Now this is over 10 1/2 months. But he's going to make a good companion that now even calls me by name, 'Beverly'.
rosie - 2012-03-22
Is it ok to feed a cockatoo or any bird milk?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-22
    A little sip is not going to hurt them but they can't digest milk - at all. They are lactose intolerant and just can't digest milk or other dairy products.
Lara & Matt - 2008-02-15
We just bought our citron from my boss. His name is Sinbad. We first met Sinbad while my boss was away on vacation and I was caring for all his birds. He has 27 birds of different kinds. Sinbad immediately flew to me and it took me a while to get him off when it was time to leave. My boyfriend would come to help me sometimes and Sinbad loved him too. He would fly back and forth between us, and it was hard to get anything done! Hey, its not easy sweeping under dozens of cages with a bird hanging off your chest! After my boss came back, Sinbad would sometimes bite him and seemed unhappy. When we would come to visit Sinbad would come right to us, talking and playing! This is very unusual because I have heard they have very strong bonds with their owners. My boss owned him for 12 years, since Sinbad was a baby! After a lot of begging, he agreed to sell us the bird. Whatever the reason he took to us, we feel blessed. Sinbad is such a joy to have around. He has such a personality, and everyday is full of new surprises! He does demand a lot of attention. Luckily, Matt and I usually work seperate shifts, because Sinbad doesnt like being in his cage. He chews anything he can get his beak on, so he has to be caged when no one is home. If you have A LOT of extra time and energy, a cockatoo is a good choice. They are so loving and wonderful companions. But its almost like having a child, very high-maintainence! They have needs that must be met. If you cant make a commitment to your cockatoo, maybe you should look into a different kind of bird.

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  • james - 2010-10-11
    I think this is gonna be the right bird for me but the high maintenance part scares me. How exactly are they? I'm currently renting and my landlord also stays in the yard. Do they make a lot of noise?
paige - 2010-03-14
I'm looking into getting a cockatoo and am willing to spend the time with one but am I ok to go to work for 9-10 hours at night or will that be too much time alone? I have been looking all day and can't find anything that says how much time is really ideal for spending with a cockatoo all I can find is how important it is to spend the time. Can anyone help me with this question Please!

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  • mike - 2010-03-16
    It really depends on the bird. birds are like humans they all have different personalities so there will naturally be needy ones, noisy ones, quiet ones..... etc. Cockatoos are people birds, they really really like human attention but I feel like most of the time because they are so affectionate the label given to cockatoos is exaggerated. ALL birds need attention just like a toddler however, some require less. If youre worried about it dont get a bird, or better yet hang out at your local exotic bird store for an hour a day or a couple hours a week and see what bird chooses you. I guarantee you'll make time for the one bird that chooses you :-)
  • Island mom - 2010-04-15
    It's good you're asking! No! Especially a cockatoo! Even my cockatiel breeds more than that! No pet should be alone for that amount of time! Not even a cat! But Cockatoos will be miserable! So do like I did and wait! There's no way you can have little children or be that busy and own a cockatoo! Um a stay home mom with two teenagers and other pets!

    I adopted a Citron Cockatoo a few months ago! I adore her but she is a ton of work! I had read and researched everything and I am still shocked by the neediness!

    So please! Get a cool fish tank! They are incredibly enjoyable and relaxing! Any other pet you aquire will need more attention than you can give being gone that long.

    All the best! Oh, one more thing! My Cockatoo screams! Really really loud!!! Until you have o e you won't believe it! I live her but it drives everyone else crazy!
  • Ali - 2010-04-17
    Cockatoos do require a lot of time! I think it varies to some degree with each bird. If you are working at night, I think you will be okay, just be sure to spend time with your bird during the day. Birds have to sleep too! It's a good idea to keep a lot of toys in their cage especially wood toys they can chew up. As you've probably heard, they do love to chew and they also need to have something to keep their minds busy since they can also become bored and start feather plucking. The best advice I could give to you would be for you to contact the nearest AVIAN vet & speak with them about specific requirements for cockatoos. Besides, you will also need a good avian vet should you decide to go ahead and get a bird!
  • Mike Scott - 2011-01-13
    You need to spend 3-4 hrs of quality time with him or her. They must be out of the cage on a perch for at least the same amount of time. If not have a spouse for them (another bird to mate with will provide company). If they don't get the attention have toys and things that can occupy their time so they won't pull out their own feathers being bored to death.
  • Mike Scott - 2011-01-13
    Paige, As far as your work goes at night that is OK, as long as you can put them to sleep before you leave, when it is lights out they can be happily alone in their cage from dark to morning without noise as long as they don't hear you stirring around. Once they're up usually around sunrise they like company. Leave them alone for 5 min. and hello they will call you back.
Vickie Sipes - 2007-08-27
I have been given a citron-crested cockatoo by a family member who just couldn't for health reasons keep him any more. I named him big dude. He had pulled just about all his feathers out because he had lost his mate. My aunt passed away and gave him to her son who has now given him to me along with a green parrot. He has just started to fluff again. I can't wait to see how pretty he will be when his feathers come back in. He hasn't had any for`3 years. He does screech and hiss at me but he also loves to be petted. He shakes the door of the cage to get out, I was told to keep it padlocked because he can get out and he has when I change the water and food. Hilarious. He sees the keys and goes nuts. I have only had him for a week and I think he is the funniest thing I have seen in along time. I wish I knew what to do to tame him further. He bows his head to be petted and he lets me rub his whole body, also he raises his wings to allow me to rub beneath them also. He appears to be really intelligent. It took him a whole three days to start imitating my alarm clock by beating his roost with his foot. Funny! Also the green parrot is basically viscious I am more afraid of it than big dude.

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  • Rick Houchen - 2011-01-14
    I own 1 U2 and 2 Goffin 2's, and we are considering re-homing a Citron that has been owned by the same person for the past 9 years but due to financial reasons she is having to down size her flock, he is a beautiful bird based on photo's and we are going to see him next weekend, my question to you is how is your bird "now", has he gotten over the stressful move and has he bonded to you? That is my concern as well as the current owner on how Sydney will take the transfer from his current home to our home, he will have lots of interaction with me and my wife and toys plus a large bird room that he will share with my other 3 toos, please give me feed back on how your citron is doing now?
  • Elizabeth - 2011-04-11
    Hey Rick, IDK if anyone responded to your post, but I gave a home to A citron, her old owners had to give her up, they had her since a baby and she was then 12 years old. I was told she prefered men. Well once I got her home I kept her cage in the bedroom for quarantine from my other birds, I would let her out of the cage and would just hang out in the room talking to her. I didnt push trying to pet her, and she did hiss/act tough during this time. Within 2-3 days max she wanted or needed to be pet so badly that she approached me and put her head down for scratches. Once she felt that I was able to give "approprite" scratches it was done, she let me pet her anywhere, handle her completely etc, and I am a woman. She did seem bonded with my boyfriend stronger than with me, but that never stopped me or her from bonding. (I am the main caregiver to the birds) Today, 3yrs after we adopted her, I feel her bond is stronger to me than my boyfriend, (its not I'm just saying to let you know the one sex preference isnt set in stone

    So I feel the cockatoo's transition easier than other parrots... my african grey took months to let me handle him. I adopted him (8 y/o) 4 yrs ago.

    I do hope you respond, I'd love to know if you adopted the citron and if you found the same to be true
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-11
    It sounds like you are doing an excellent job of taming him. Just keep on doing what you are doing. Go slow. Let him eat from your hand. When you are ready, feed him with one hand and say "UP" and see if he will get on your other hand. The idea is to gradually get him away from his terrirotry (cage) and more into yours (perch). You're petting his head and he is lifting his wings. He lost his mate and he was obviously a pet at one point based on his behavior. I have a 26 year old cockatoo mate - good luck and let us know.
  • Linda Fleming - 2012-01-08
    I have had oliver my citron cockatoo for Ten years now and you're right they are very funny and loving pets. I give her milk bone doggy biscuits and she dunks them in her water before eating them. I had thought that oliver was a male, which the pet shop had told me she was. Seven years later she laid an egg I found it when I came home from work at the bottom of her cage. I didn't have the heart to change her name because she says her name all the time so I figure what the heck! Oliver, Olivia - she's happy and at least now I know I have a female. The green parrot sounds like it may have been mistreated in its past.
Dena - 2011-03-14
My neighbor has a female Citron Cockatoo and is wondering if there is anything she can be given or that can be done for her to either slow or stop egg production. She has been egg bound a couple of times and my neighbor knows how to help her with that. But they do not want any babies and she is an only child in their home. Any suggestions will be appreciated. :) Thank you