Cockatiels are more similar to cockatoos than you might think

galah aka rose breasted cockatoo on left pied cockatiel on right against a beautiful sky with light clouds background
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In this post we have grouped together information requests specifically about cockatoo parrots.

For a more granular discussion about some of the many species of cockatoo parrots – click here         

This post about cockatoos (we found 44 cockatoo species listed at the bottom of this post)  and serves as a counterpoint to the 43 species of macaw parrots we discussed last week.

We found a mere 12 cockatiel mutations.

At what age will a cockatoo stop laying eggs?

Name: Margaret G, Filled out from page: Egg Laying cockatoo
Colorado (United States)

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Unfortunately, if a birds egg laying goes uninterrupted, that bird will die.

Are you giving your bird a calcium supplement daily? If no, please start immediately.


Are you petting your cockatoo below the neck? If so, it’s best to stop that human behavior.

Only pet your bird from the neck up as lower will stimulate them sexually and get their hormones rolling.


editors note: all species have an instinctive urge to breed. Your solo bird is no different. In their mind you are their mate.


Do you have any bedding, huts, piles of shredded paper in the birds cage? If so, remove them all. These are all material used in getting ready to have babies.


Do you have a cage light with a full spectrum bulb over the bird cage set to run 12 hours on and 12 hours off using a timer?


(figure 8 to 8 if the hours work for your lifestyle. if you sleep in, then set for later like 10 to 10.)


This aids in keeping your bird’s circadian rhythms synchronized. Unfamiliar light cycles are stressful and can trigger brooding activity.


12/12 hours of on/off light simulate “an equatorial  light cycle”. Australia is closer to the equator than North America so an even day light/night light cycle is part of your bird’s instinctual expectations


Many humans succumb to the SAD disorder that makes us depressed in the winter with the shorter life cycles and dreary days.


This is what your bird experiences 12 months a year without the aid of artificial lighting over his or her cage on a timer.


We recommend NOT to have Lupron injected at the vet, Lupron has not been proven to work and can be detrimental to your birds health.


We recommend a 72 hour constant light treatment. For three* solid days and nights the cage light must stay on. The bird must be in the light (cage) day and night. Your bird may be loud at night but it is only for  a few days. Your bird can come out and play during the day, but must be in the lit cage at night. * For severe hormonal cases a 7 day light treatment can be used.


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.