"I and the World" welcomes its readers! Today we will talk about the Kakadu parrot: you will see a photo and description in the article, as well as find out where these birds live, talk or not, how much they cost and how many years they live at home.
A charming and funny bird differs from other “parrot” breeds in appearance and has a special care for it. Therefore, if you want to buy a Cockatoo yourself or as a gift, get to know this handsome man more closely, and especially: his contents at home.
Cocktails differ not only in color, but also in size: medium – body length up to 30 cm and large – up to 70 cm (this is a size!). The parrot weighs a little more than 1 kg. And the main distinguishing feature of the cockatoo is the elongated feathers on the crown – a beautiful crest. The plumage color is replete with shades of white, yellow, red, pink and black. In the photos you can admire these beauties.
A massive beak bent above and below will easily turn a wooden cage into chips, as well as ruin furniture if something is not to his liking. Some ornithologists believe that such a “powerful beak” (kakatuwah) gave the name to the birds. At the tip of the tongue there is a kind of notch, which, like a spoon, parrots use when they eat. Birds fly well, but crawl better on trees and run on the ground. The tail is short and almost completely hidden under the wings.
Among the Cockatoo, 21 species are distinguished, but not all are available for buyers (see pictures):
- white can memorize words and perform some circus tricks, is well-trained, but rather vociferous;
- white-crested is famous for its snow-white plumage and fluffy crest; very tiny compared to other species;
- yellow-crested is rather large, and the female is even heavier than the male; perfectly trained, and then constantly "chatters";
- pink is different in that it adapts perfectly to a new home, but it’s almost impossible to train to speak and perform tricks;
- the Inca cockatoo is a small pinkish bird, but the crest grows up to 20 cm;
- Moluccan pale pink, sometimes with yellow-orange feathers; quite sociable, can imitate the voice of other birds while dancing to music and even singing; long-lived – easily gets used to any conditions where he can live up to 80 years.
Birds should be kept in a spacious cage or aviary with strong metal bars, where the parrot can stand not only at full height, but also sit on the perch at the top or swing on a swing. The bottom of the cage should be well advanced to easily clean everything, once a week, and the feeder every day. Since cocoa like to swim, make them in the aviary "pool" with warm water, and if sitting in a cage, then spray it from the atomizer. And be sure to let the parrot fly once a day, but do not leave it unattended.
Cockatoos can get used to people very much, so think: is it worth it to get such a bird if you often go on business trips. There are cases when longing parrots refused to eat and plucked their feathers.
In wild nature
The homeland of cockatoo parrots are Australia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Indonesia. Usually in these countries birds can be seen in the tropics and in forests with frequent rains, but in arid places they rarely come across.
Feathered flocks live up to 100 individuals, but in separate pairs are connected only for breeding. Parrots do not build nests, but settle in hollows of trees or crevices of rocks. If the found place for the nest is small, the cockatoos will easily expand the hollow to the desired size with its powerful beak. During the breeding season, couples become very aggressive and do not allow strangers to approach them. Some birds create a couple for life and if one dies, the other falls into a real “depression”.
They feed on trees and on the ground with various insects, larvae, fruits, berries, seeds, leaves, etc. When part of the pack is looking for food on the ground, the rest carefully look around to see if there is any danger.
In a flock, birds constantly echo each other and even easily distinguish the voices of their relatives. Parrots take care of the plumage of relatives, clearing feathers from debris and insects with their beaks.
The cost of a cockatoo depends on its type. Moluccan is the most valuable and for it you will pay about 2500 dollars. Yellow-crested cockatoo will cost a little cheaper, and the price of a white-crested cockatoo can be only one and a half thousand dollars. Pink will cost only about 1000.
These are approximate prices for young birds, and older, already trained for something, are more expensive. But it’s better not to buy old birds, because you can “not get along with the characters.”
Video: Dancing Cockatoo under Michael Jackson.
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