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Considering a pet Cockatoo? If you are interested in a Cockatoo of your own, then take a look at this information on the most popular pet Cockatoo species. From large white Cockatoos to the smaller types like the Goffin's, these species profiles will help you learn more about what it's like to care for them as pets, and will ultimately help you decide if a Cockatoo is the right bird for you!

Bare-Eyed Cockatoos

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The Bare-Eyed Cockatoos may not be the prettiest parrots in the world, but they more than make up for it in personality. Sweet, playful, and intelligent, Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are becoming more and more popular as pets in the homes of bird lovers everywhere. Smaller than most other Cockatoo Species, Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are a great choice for bird owners that want the personality of a larger parrot, but don't have the space to accommodate one.

Black Palm Cockatoos

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Strikingly beautiful, with impressive size, Black Palm Cockatoos make unique pets for the right owner. These are large, powerful birds that require the expertise of experienced parrot owners. While handfed Black Palm Cockatoos make excellent, tame pets, they still require firm training and are not for those who are new to keeping large parrots. Simply put -- these are bold parrots who need bold owners. Do not adopt a Black Palm Cockatoo if you are intimidated by large birds.

Citron Cockatoos

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Citron Cockatoos are known to be quieter than most Cockatoo species, but they have big personalities and they love to play and interact with their owners. Inquisitive and affectionate, a Citron Cockatoo will want to be by your side as often as possible, so they are recommended for bird owners who have plenty of free time to spend with their pets.

Goffin's Cockatoos

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Described by some as the perfect companion parrots, Goffin's Cockatoos pack the best things about Cockatoos into a smaller, easier to care for package. Loving and affectionate, Goffin's Cockatoos bond strongly with their owners and require daily interaction to maintain their mental and emotional health. These birds simply cannot thrive if they are neglected, and will resort to destructive behaviors if their need for interaction is not met. Because of this, they are recommended for experienced bird owners that have plenty of free time to spend with their feathered friends.

Major Mitchell's Cockatoos

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Bold and impressive, the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo has been a popular pet amongst bird owners for many years. Their beautiful colors and obvious intelligence continue to keep them among the most sought after Cockatoo species. While it can be tempting to rush out and buy one of these beautiful birds, Major Mitchell's Cockatoos need specialized care and environments that not all bird owners can accommodate. They are recommended for experienced bird owners, preferably those who are familiar with large parrots.

Moluccan Cockatoos

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Moluccan Cockatoos are very affectionate birds that bond strongly with their owners and thrive on interaction. Those interested in owning a Moluccan Cockatoo should want a cuddly and somewhat clingy feathered friend, as these birds like to stay close by their owners. They are recommended for experienced bird owners that have plenty of free time to spend with their pets.

Rose Breasted Cockatoos

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Their bold colors and friendly personalities have made Rose-Breasted Cockatoos increasingly popular as pets in recent years. While it can be tempting to rush out and buy a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, potential owners should know that these are sensitive birds and are not the right pet for everybody.

Slender-Billed Cockatoos

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Slender-Billed Cockatoos may be overlooked by many bird lovers, but these birds have charming, endearing personalities that have increased their popularity as pets in recent years. Don't buy a Slender-Billed Cockatoo unless you want an affectionate pet -- these birds crave interaction with their owners, and require daily handling and socialization to maintain their emotional health.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos

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Large parrots like Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are highly intelligent, and need plenty of exercise and space to play. Potential owners should realize that unless these birds are given adequate exercise and mental stimulation, they may be driven to behaviors such as feather plucking and destructive chewing. To combat the onset of these behaviors, owners must be diligent about providing their pets with plenty of toys and attention.

Umbrella Cockatoos

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The vast majority of handfed Umbrella Cockatoos make extremely sweet, charming, intelligent, and well behaved pets. Just as with any bird, however, prospective owners should be sure that they can meet the needs of an Umbrella before rushing out and buying one. For a person that can meet the needs of these magnificent birds, Umbrella Cockatoos can be the best feathered friend in the world. Many are gentle enough to be handled by older children, and are beloved family pets.
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