Animal Stories - Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo


Animal-World Information about: Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

   Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoos make very loving pets that need lots of attention. They can learn to talk, as can most cockatoos and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks!
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Lilly - 2013-12-18
If you had a cockatoo for about 25 yers are you allowed to put another one in with it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    Cockatoos are very social animals, and if you've had it for 25 years... it probably thinks you are its flock. Adding another bird is fine, but you want to give both birds plenty of time to get used to the new arrangement. It takes time, love, and patience.
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Kathy - 2013-09-19
We are moving from Queensland to Tasmania and want to take our cockatoo who is over 30. He was with my Mum till she died and we inherited him, he doesn't like me much, but loves my husband who has a beard and long hair. He talks to him daily. He is a very healthy cockatoo and we need to know he will be OK moving to Tassie?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    He should be fine, but will have to get accustomed to a new home just like people do.
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Bea Sevens - 2013-09-03
I have a 28 yr. old triton cockatoo and live far from a bird vet. I can clip his nails, but his top beak is over-grown. How can I safely trim the upper beak? He has worn his lower beak in to very crooked shape. I am watching carefully to see that his diet has remained the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-03
    You could use clippers to trim his beak. My bird farm uses a dremel too to quickly grind a beak down, but either of these can be very stressful for a layman that isn't aren't well versed in these methods and able to do them very quickly. You may want to just bite the bullet, and take him on the long journey to a vet or a bird farm. Afterwards provide him with good chew items to wear the beak down. One thing about cockatoos... they love to chew!
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Sam - 2013-06-25
I live in Madras, (South) India; One Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo probably brought to India by pet trade is free living now for over a year around my neighbourhood... The bird refered to as Australian in the neighbourhood chooses to spend most of it's time in my roof top garden and the tress around... I have seen her eat Gauvas (from the trees around) and have recently started leaving some Gauvas for it to eat... I leave water too but am not sure if she uses it... The bird is shy and that gives her a good chance for the long term survival, considering many have tried to catch her over the last many months... Wonder what can be done to ease from the pain of being the lone free ranging Cockatoo in this part of the world! Sam Kottivakkam, Madras, India. +91 9841034180

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IAN WEBB - 2009-06-23
As a pet these are not a bad bird but can be nasty when cleaning out the cage etc. I have heard of people losing fingers, but in the wild these are Australia's second worst pest. They are the farmer's nightmare and a very very destructive devastating bird. Myself I rank them up with the Indian Myna and the Cane Toad as this country's worst pests. I hope that my view does not hurt but having been on the land myself. I see the damage this bird is doing to the man on the land, who is struggling with this and the worst drought in at least 100 years. The farmer has to make a living, thank you and have a nice day

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  • Ros Stiles - 2011-08-11
    Perhaps you need to remember that humans came and took over the cockatoos food source, felled their trees and cleared their forests. So if the poor birds actually dare to take some food from your trees when you have (your ancestors or previously land owner) raped their land took away their food and shelter etc. Perhaps you could plant a few trees for the birds to help them out instead of complaining about them. And I do understand - I come from a farming background.
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laurie - 2008-11-30
We acquired a Greater Crested Cockatoo at our store as a lady had him, Val'dore
for a week and he bit her. This lady had gotten him off another couple who used brooms to chase him and apparently the people before that threw stuff at his cage to shut him up. They have put him on drugs etc. He is now drug free and I have brought Valdore home. He has sat with me and talked with me but knowing he is not going to be chased by brooms things thrown at him I think he has a chance. I have let him out on his playtop and his cage is open for him to feel he is not enclosed and welcome to come down and sit with me when he so feels like it. This day is my first day other than visiting him at my store. We will just see how sychotic they say he is. I would be if people treated me that way, the thing is everyone want one of these lovely parrots but do not do their homework as cockatoos need a lot of love and attention and are not very independent in comparison to an African Grey or Blue and Gold (which I also have). Feel free to visit our website @ www.parrotparadise.ca.

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Nad - 2012-12-30
Hi all need a bit help...I just got a major mitchell 7 weeks old..all looks ok so far but he continuously started breathing from his mouth. It is a bit hot as well as temperature is above 30 here in perth. Is there any thing to worry about or is it normal. Thanks

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  • Rishi - 2013-01-25
    Your cockatoo should not be in a hot weather
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irish gavin - 2012-09-24
Hi everyone. I have a cockatoo not sure which one. Some one said it's a small umbrella cockatoo. I have him 3yrs. He has a small bit of yellow under his tail if anyone could help me my issue is he's losing his feathers on his legs and he's bit himself on his wing. I didn't see him do it but his back had some blood on it it now has me a bit worried as this is the third time he's done it. I can't find any mites on him any help would be great thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-24
    Some cockatoos are prone to feather plucking.  Also remember this is molting season and their feathers are prickly so they will pick at them - sometimes too much.  If it is feather plucking, it goes on throughout the year.  You can have his thyroid tested by a vet but usually it is from not being entertained or having enough trouble to get into.  A 2 x 4 untreated pine is great for cockatoos to chew on and at least it isn't a 430.00 toy.  They love cartoons especially with music.  Mine have their own TV and their own movies (RIO, Panda, Charlettes Web etc and they play all day and the birds talk to the movie.  They laugh and cry and talk to the movei.  Keeps them entertained.  More toys, something else to chew on such as the 2 X 4, cartoons and generally more things to keep their attention occupied.  There are books written on feather plucking - it is just not a fun thing to try and deal with but usually more activity works - or sometimes - get another bird - a conure would be a good friend.
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VIcki - 2010-03-22
I have a 8 year old Greater Sulfur Cockatoo named SugarBear. He is spoiled rotten he believes he should eat with the family 80% of his Parrot food hits the floor because he throws it there. He loves all types of potatoes mashed french frys, augratins &weet Potatoes it doesn't matter to him he loves them all. I also give him fresh veggies ,fruit and rice. But he's driving me crazy throwing his food out I want to make sure he's getting the right amounts of Vitamins

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  • kiah wiseman - 2010-04-12
    I have a sulfur crested cockatoo named jack he's about 6 years old and I got him when I was quite young I was about 10. He's very loyal and he loves my attention. His bond with me is very strong I can take him out side and he won't fly away his wings aren't cut, he can fly. I hand raised him from an egg but I just fond out a month ago I did a DNA test he's a she. I give him fresh fruit and veggies every day so I expect him to live for 70 to 80 more years so I'll be really old when she dies. I also own a red tailed black cockatoo named max. He's about 6 month old I paid about well my dad paidd $7.000 for him and he'll live for 100+ years it's nice to know that there's another cockatoo lover out there.
  • Alvain - 2010-12-13
    This week I just buy a Greater Sulfur, she is very very friendly, but I go way for less then 30 minutes she start screaming a lot,,. Even if I keep her outside the cage, she still screaming.

    So unfortunately, I could not keep her at home, I need your advice since you have a good experience with your bird.. please help out to reduce the screaming.... because I'm going to be crazy.

  • nicola - 2011-02-21
    These birds waste their food all the time. They mainly throw it on the floor to get your attention bc they know it makes you mad. I have decided that they are looking for a special daily treat when they do that. Mine is usually missing his coconut cracker or peanuts in the shell.
  • Roz - 2011-03-29
    I would beg to differ with food being thrown on the floor to gain attention and desirous of getting a treat. In the wild, Cockatoos are the propagators and horticulturalists in the Australian bush or rainforest. The dropping of seed pods and fruits is essential and is how a cockatoo is "wired" to eat. Don't get too discouraged with the amount of food wasted - just give them a choice of 4-5 vegies or fruit and leave it for them to eat and take away after 1-2 hours. They love spinnich, celery, bok choy, beans, peas, sugar peas, paw paw, corn, grapes, carrot, large red chillis and Capsicum.

    I am unsure if you are living overseas or in Australia, but truly, the best food to give your Cockatoo is what they eat in the wild - like wattle, grevillia, gum tree branches, banksia and bottle brushes. No doubt, in doing research you would know that sunflower seed, in particular black in colour is extremely bad for your cockatoo - it will give them a fatty liver and such a diet will drive them to bit and scream. Enough of myrant - good luck with caring for your darling Cockatoo - they are gentle and tender hearted and very forgiving - they will give back to you so much more than you could ever imagine - our Sulphur Crested certainly has - we are all in love with her - she is both gorgeous and exasperating - often at the same time. All the best
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rabz - 2011-11-29
In what age does a cockatoo start talking?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    They make noises pretty young but won't usually start saying words or trying to before a year old. Most cockatoos are not great talkers and only learn a few words.
  • dolly - 2012-02-11
    I have had a greater sulphur cockatoo for 4 weeks and it was about 6 weeks when I got him. He is talking already 4 words and he can also laugh like a human when I say tickle he raises both wings and waits for a scratch then he laughs. Be patient and consistant your bird will talk if you stay at it.
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