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Question Bird Newbie question

Hi all!

Recently I obtained a cockatiel. My partner has always wanted a Cockatoo, but I don't know anything about them. So, I have a few questions.

How noisy are they?
How do they compare to Cockatiels?
How much more time do they require than a Cockatiel?
Are they typically friendly?
How do they fare with cockatiels or other animals like cats?
Any places I can start researching about them?

Thanks for your help!
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hello

i dont have a cockatoo.. but i have heard alot about them
cockatoo's can be very noisy- almost all of them scream
cockatoo's demand much more attention then a cockatiel they are very loving birds
i wouldnt let them interact. a cockatoo could easily bite the toe off a cockatiel or even worse

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i don't have a too either but did do some research at one time. toos are noisy demand a lot of attention. they can get jealous of other animals or things including people and start plucking from lack of attention or jealous issues. i would never put a larger bird with a smaller bird to much could happen. there is a lot of info on them and the different types of toos really do the research

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I had a too.
They can be very noisy and demanding.
They have a nasty bite if they mean it but kept in seperate cages they may see a tiel as a friend.
I wouldn't allow them out together as a too can be unpredictable.
Most parrots will show some body language before they bite but a too may just bite.
They also cause a lot of dust from the powder down on their feathers.
Toos can be cuddly tame affectionate birds, they are extteamly intelligent with some species being better talkers than others.
They can be a bit highly strung being suspicious and afraid of anything new.
I would suggest meeting one and looking at noise level.
Also look them up on YouTube.

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Cockatoos can be extremely loud, in fact they're some of the loudest parrot. Type in umbrella cockatoo or Moluccan cockatoo screaming on YouTube. Then you'll get a better idea. They require a LOT of time and attention. If they don't get it they will pluck, chew and scream the place down! I think cockatiels are a little like cockatoos but it's just not the same. Cockatiels are more mellow, require less space and aren't as loud even at their loudest. Cockatoos can be lovely, sweet and cuddle you forever! But that's not always the case. If you want one, look into a place you can adopt one. Because there are literally hundreds of them in rescues due to their behavioural issues. They require a lot more space than a cockatiel, a very good sturdy cage and loads to do and play with. You don't want a bored cockatoo. You shouldn't mix birds with other animals end of. I saw a poor Moluccan cockatoo on YouTube being whacked by a cat over and over again and the bird was biting back, bad. No interaction should be like that. I don't allow my birds around the other animals just to be on the safe side. No need to cause excess stress and vets bills. I'm using tapatalk on my phone so I don't remember half the questions you asked but I remember you wanted a site. Well I can type it out but I don't know if it will work on here haha...

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I think that's how it is. Anyways. If you look on there there is a lot of 'don't get one' but hopefully you'll understand more of you have a read of it!

Good luck with your choice and welcome to the forum! Feel free to ask any questions. Check out the other people's cockatoos on here for behavioural issues. Somebody on here (Jessica) has just taking in a Goffin's cockatoo who urgently needed to be rehomed. He didn't have anything medically wrong with him but he even pulls his feathers out with his feet! Poor thing, but now she's had him hopefully he will get a lot better!

I'm not saying 100% don't get a cockatoo by the way, I love cockatoos and I think I can happily handle them being crazy then loving then taking off a finger haha! Yes. They can take off fingers and if you ever see a bite on a fleshy part of your body like an arm, it's like somebody shot you with a riot control bag!

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We just rescued a too, he is a sweet great little guy. But he has a scream that can wake the dead. He also loves to scream at 3am. Mine is plucked pretty bad because he wasn't getting enough attention where he was at. I also have tiels they require alot of attention but toos are like having a 5yr old for the next 60+ years. Not saying not to get one, just make sure you know what you are getting into. But you are researching which is great, alot of ppl just jump in with both feet and don't know what they are getting into.

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Thank you everyone for your replies. I checked out some of the information you all suggested, and shared it with my partner. I don't think a too would be a good fit for our home, and we'll settle for loving them from afar. lol

Just a quick question- are there any parrots that compare with cockatiels that might be a good fit for our home? I have only ever had a parakeet and then now a tiel.

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Look into green cheek conures and the pyrrhura conure family in general. Also look into the poi family with birds like Senegals, Meyer's, Red bellies etc and if you want a quite large bird that's not too large (they're chunky) then look into the pionus parrots

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Look into green cheek conures and the pyrrhura conure family in general. Also look into the poi family with birds like Senegals, Meyer's, Red bellies etc and if you want a quite large bird that's not too large (they're chunky) then look into the pionus parrots
This is exactly what I was going to say

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