Cockatoo lifespan

Salmon-crested Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis

The average life expectancy of cockatoos is around 50-60 years it is therefore very long and the acquisition of such a bird should not be done on a whim it is a great responsibility

As a friend of birds, you know that: The Cockatoo presents itself in many plumages. Twenty-one species of six genre roam Australia and neighboring islands. It is therefore not easy to talk about the “Cockatoo”. Ornithologists did not agree for a long time that cockatiel parakeets were part of the Cockatoos (it has, in the meantime, become official). The reason is a striking similarity between all cockatoo parrots: the characteristic crown of feathers. All Cockatoos also have a gallbladder (a biological characteristic) and special feathers: Plumage secretes nourishing dust.

Longevity depends on many parameters (diet, hygiene, genetics, health, etc.). Your role is paramount in the lifespan of your parrot. Offer them a good diet, physical activity, care adapted to their species, a healthy place to live, etc.

Life expectancies are averages given for information only.

Cockatiel: 10 – 15 years

White cockatoo: 40 – 65 years

Galah: 40 years

Sulphur-crested cockatoo: 20 – 40 years

Red-tailed black cockatoo: 40 – 50 years

Carnaby’s black cockatoo: 25 – 50 years

Baudin’s black cockatoo: 25 – 50 years

Cockatoo lifespan in captivity

rosalbin cockatoo

  • Out of the wild: The Cockatoo as a pet
  • Color Variations of the Cockatoo
  • Élevage du Cacatoès : pas pour les débutants
  • Que mangent les Cacatoès ?
  • Peut-on apprivoiser un Cacatoès ?
  • Fiche signalétique du Cacatoès

White Cockatoo

White Cockatoo

La sortie de l’état sauvage : le Cacatoès comme animal de compagnie

Les espèces de Cacatoès recherchant principalement leur nourriture près du sol forment de grandes nuées : il est plus sûr de picorer en communauté. Ces animaux entrent dans des partenariats monogames à vie. Ils sont particulièrement intelligents. Des oiseaux sauvages ont été observés dans la nature en train d’utiliser des outils et de jouer apparemment pour leur propre plaisir, par exemple, en utilisant des éoliennes comme un « carrousel ». Les Cacatoès sont élevés comme animaux de compagnie depuis le 17ème siècle environ, mais initialement uniquement comme objets de prestige pour l’élite. Ce n’est qu’au 20ème siècle que l’élevage s’est poursuivi avec succès en Europe.

Color Variations of the Cockatoo

The colors of the Cockatoo are rather discreet compared to those of other parrots and parakeets. Their plumage is usually plain white, grey, dark, or pink, sometimes with feather covers of different colors. The spectacular crown of feathers can have a contrasting color.
The most well-known species of Cockatoo in the breeding of European domestic birds are:

Leadbeater cockatoo

Color Variations of the Cockatoo

  • Rosalbin cockatoo: Its plumage is pink, its wing covers grey and its crown whitish pink.
  • Yellow-Huppe cockatoos have a white body and a long yellow cap plumage.
  • The Red-Huppe Cockatoo has white plumage if any with a slight pink reflection, the pink cap plumage shows its color when erected.
  • White cockatoo: Its feathers are white, the underside of the tail and the plumage of the legs are slightly yellowish.

Breeding the Cockatoo: not for beginners

Like all parrots, a Cockatoo needs a congener, preferably of the opposite sex. This is even required by law in Germany and Austria. A human being can never replace a partner for the bird, there is a risk of harmful attachments and behavioral disorders. These birds require a huge amount of space and are also remarkable in terms of their rodent activity. The only suitable accommodation for the species is therefore a very large aviary, a spacious aviary for birds, or a free flight area permanently monitored in an apartment whose furniture must be subordinated to the needs of the birds. The Cockatoo also produces much more dust and dirt than other birds because of the particular structure of its plumage, an argument against its breeding in an apartment. The icing on the cake, the extremely high volume of their voice pose a problem, at least in apartment buildings.

Solomon cockatoo

What do the Cockatoos eat?

The natural menu includes Seed Cockatoo, fruits, roots, flowers, buds, and sometimes even caterpillars and insects. Because they don’t stop at fruit crops, the larger clouds are a nuisance for Australian farmers. Feed a domestic cockatoo with a low-fat parrot food mix with as little oilseeds as sunflower seeds as possible. Serve with fresh vegetables, fruits, and twigs to nibble on.

Can we tame a Cockatoo?

Cockatoos are curious, intelligent, and attracted to their humans. They become very tame, but tend to be jealous and hostile to “competition”. The Cockatoo is a cheerful and whimsical animal, provided that it has enough space and lives with partner animals. A great advantage for communication with the Cockatoo is its feathered headdress: It serves as a mood barometer and important body language signal. You should always take them seriously because even a small sting from a cockatoo beak can be very painful.


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