Cockatoos – learning about a few of the species

sulfur crested cockatoo on top of cage
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By request from one of our Facebook fans, Teresa – we will start off talking about the Goffin cockatoo. Known formally as the Tanimbar Corella. These adorable little birds are about 12 inches long from head to tail.

The males weigh about 300 g (about 10 oz) and the females weigh about 50 g less. Like many other cockatoos they have a crest they raise and lower on top their head.

As Cockatoos go, this one is a quieter Cockatoo which makes it a terrific pet. You have to be careful what you do in front of these birds like opening the cage latch because they will watch it and mimic it rather quickly.

Sulfur Crested Cockatoos come in two flavors big (Greater) and small (Lesser). The Greater Sulfur Crested Cockatoo is a big bird and grows from 18 to 22 inches long and weights as much as 2 pounds (about 900 g).

The Lesser are Crescent Cockatoos and are normally about 13 to 15 inches long. They can live for 70 to 80 years and although they can be very affectionate, they may be quite vocal.

When they are raised as hand fed babies and if their owners lavish lots of attention on them over their lifetime they can be great pets capable of learning how to talk and learn tricks while providing lots of fun.

The Long-billed Corella got quite a few comments on our Facebook fan page about the length of its beak. People were concerned that it’s beak needed trimming – that’s why they are called Long-billed Corellas.

You don’t see them as pets in the United States much but they’re quite popular in Australia and actually considered one of the best talkers of the Cockatoo family. Found in South Eastern Australia through Western Victoria.

They are generally considered a pest of grain crops and fruit trees and permits are sometime issued to allow the hunting of these birds.

The Blue Eyed Cockatoo is sadly rare in the wild and in captivity and is now classified as endangered species. Not be confused with the Bared Eyed cockatoo, also known as a little Corella.

They are generally 18 to 20 inches long and weigh between 500 and 570 g (18 and 20 ounces) Blue-eyed Cockatoos have zygodactyl grey feet (the first and fourth toes of each foot are directed backward and the second and third forward.

This allows the Blue-eyed Cockatoo to hold objects and bring food to its beak while standing on the other foot).

Like most Cockatoos they are pretty noisy and destructive so if you’re considering one as a pet, they need a lot of chew toys, a lot of wood branches and toys that make them work for food to keep them mentally stimulated.

They generally live about 40 years in captivity and about 50 to 60 years in the wild.

Bare-eyed Cockatoos get mixed reviews from people because of their bare eye patch. They can make great pets and they tend to be more independent than the Umbrella cockatoos.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.