Cockatoos are one of the most distinctive parrot species and some of the most sought-after. And it is no wonder, they are some of the most beautiful and distinctive parrots.

The cockatoo is a type of parrot that is native to Australia and the surrounding islands. Cockatoos are also known for their intelligence and their ability to mimic human speech. They come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, and black, and can live for up to 60 years in captivity. They are also sociable birds and enjoy the company of other cockatoos and humans.  Sexually dimorphic by eye color when mature: cockatoo males with dark rusty brown iris and the hens have a reddish-orange iris.

All cockatoo parrots have a crest that curve-sweeps to the rear. When raised, the crest has a higher portion at the front and this drops away to shorter feathers in the rear. Basically, the back and wings, and tail are gray, varying from deep charcoal to a very light fog gray.

But all this should make you want a cockatoo as cockatoos are some of the most difficult parrots to own. They are possessive, wild, and extremely demanding. Someone needs to be around them most of the time, thus they are not a good pet choice for those who have to leave the house often. 

If you are unprepared for the headstrong, often demanding, nature of the cockatoo you might find yourself living with a bird who has taken control of every aspect of your life. Imagine your bird dictating when you get up, what you are going to do, and when and if you may socialize with friends and relatives. It happens, but it doesn’t have to happen to you…

With a species such as this that can come to be so reliant on its owner’s attention and physical affection, it is very easy for the new owner to make crucial mistakes in the raising of their cockatoo that will result in unwanted behaviors. Some of these behaviors include (but are not limited to) property destruction, mind-numbing decibel levels, and even bloodshed. With their powerful beaks and vocal capacity, this is not your average bird and you will need trustworthy guidance from those experienced with this species to see you through the rough spots.

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