The bare-eyed cockatoo is a slightly smaller member of the cockatoo family of parrots, and it is one that is somewhat easier to keep as a pet than its larger cousins. The ring of blue around the eyes gives these birds a slightly sleepy look, but these birds are actually quite social and active, much preferring to be out of the cage and interacting with their owners.
The bare-eyed cockatoo may not be the most colorful parrot in the world, but it more than makes up for it in personality. Sweet, playful, and intelligent, bare-eyed cockatoos are becoming more and more popular as pets. While cockatoos, in general, are among the more difficult birds to keep, due to a reputation as a “velcro bird” (sticking to their owners), if you have the time and determination to provide your bird with plenty of attention, you will have a wonderful companion.
Black Palm Cockatoos are large, powerful birds that require the expertise of experienced parrot owners. While hand fed 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.
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. Due to their personalities, Goffin’s Cockatoos are recommended for experienced bird owners that can spend significant time with them.
The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo is an attractive and intelligent bird and is 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.
Citron Cockatoos are 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. Like most parrots, these birds need a lot of interaction with their owners, so be prepared to spend time with them.