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.
While citrons are among the smaller of the cockatoo species, these birds still need plenty of space to live in. The minimum cage size for a citron cockatoo is one with a 4 x 4-foot footprint, at least 4 feet in height. Bigger than this is even better—an aviary setting is ideal.
Citron cockatoos are not a good choice for those who live in apartments or condominiums. While they are known to be quieter than other cockatoo species, these birds are still capable of loud screams and vocalizations that may offend nearby neighbors.
Like all cockatoos, the citron needs plenty of time for human contact. If you’re unable to interact with them, some owners report that their birds appreciate having a television or radio left on—they are especially fond of music. Make sure to provide plenty of toys to chew on and shred.
Like all cockatoos, citrons are prone to weight gain, so owners should monitor their fat intake. A healthy diet for a pet citron cockatoo should consist of high-quality pellets, a moderate amount of seed mix, and daily helpings of fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables.
In captivity, these birds will eat some protein in the form of cooked chicken or other meats.
All parrots need exercise, and the citron cockatoo is no exception. Owners need to provide these birds with a minimum of 3 to 4 hours outside of the cage per day so that the bird can play and stretch its muscles.
This time out-of-cage also provides the essential human contact the birds need. Cockatoos have strong beaks and jaws, so it’s important to provide plenty of safe chew toys for them.