We Explore 4 Cockatoos Each With Unique Nutritional Needs

2 blue eyed cockatoos on branch in foresr
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This may be why she “doesn’t seem to realize that she can fly.” Experts will tell you a bird can never fly if it never fledged.

We beg to differ, our 8 yo rescue female Senegal Peaches never fledged. She spent 22 hours a day in her cage – she had never flown – for 7-1/2 years.

We know this from her care giver who acquired her at 6 months old.

When you argue with the internet as much as I do you best have proof like in the video below

Yes, wing clipping especially with birds we know that are about to be sold is a mechanical process typically that does not address the needs of the bird (ability to control what little flight may be left) nor does it recognize the time that a bird needs to grow it’s feathers if the new caregiver decides to have a flighted bird.


Many species of cockatoos are referred to as “Velcro” birds. We all need a mate don’t we? Problem is two’s company and three’s a crowd.

There can be jealousy. Catherine can only handle Peaches on a stick. She will accept food but it is an ingratitude when it comes to care from Catherine, the other woman – you’ve been warned.

Speaking of which, the cockatiel in the bird cage next to her, why pay attention to other bird when she (the galah) has you?


There are no “perfect” birds but she seems like a lovely companion. Simply give her time to bond with you when feeding and the cuddly times.


It doesn’t take a lot to keep your bird engaged without spending every waking hour having to do face time with a beak and two beady little eyes.


Consider clicker training to get her attention and begin to behave based upon positive action. Ensure that her cage has plenty of foraging and enrichment opportunities as well as the places she man’s outside of the cage.


Take your time and report back to us next month





Nov 26, 11:18am

have 26 yr old goffins…wonderful bird lately won’t eat his roudybush pellets,,, vet suggested zupreem since they use fruit to color pellets instead of dye (hopefully he is correct) which of your zupreem products would u suggest


mitchr responds


Zupreem uses natural, artificial colors and artificial flavors then adds sugar for palatability, which gets your vet off the hook – what species doesn’t like sugar?


​Pellets in general are a counter intuitive bird food as there are no pellet trees in the rainforest. Birds can’t relate to the consistent texture of the food.

Colored pellets can pose issues with parrots much like an autistic child. I’ve had a number of captive bird keepers tell me the bird likes all the fruit shapes and and colors – “except the yellow bananas, tosses ’em right out.”

​Birds are never not communicating, knowing what food is exclusionary helps you ask questions like, “what about corn, it’s yellow?”


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.