I have met a lot of Galah's/Rose Breasted Cockatoo's in person, as well as I see them in my backyard every day, but meeting them in person is SO different and doesn't even do them justice, to be honest (when watching them from my backyard)! :lovehearts: But being able to hold them and give them scritches just makes me fall in love.. they are the sweetest and really show that they are, and they really tug at my heart strings.
I love the major mitchell because they're just stunning in general although I don't know their companion attitude I'd still love one
I love Palm cockatoos because they're huge, different and very beautiful
Most of all my all time favourite 'too would have to be the umbrella. I got really attached to one and I just loved her. They can give one hell of a bite but the ones I've handled have all been snuggle bugs, I'd really like one if I could afford one
My favourite is probably the Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. I have 6 of them, 4 of them hand raised, 3 that I raised and George who has issues and 2 aviary bred. My Charlie is my favourite she is the sweetest girl around. I get kisses and cuddles from her every day. She is 11 years old and I hand raised her from 2 weeks. The terrible twins are Heckle and Jeckle. They are siblings that have just turned 3years and I hand raised them from about 3 weeks. They were rescued out of a tree that had to be cut down. George's first owner's boyfriend was very nasty to him as he was jealous and I don't think he was impressed with his previous owner. He will let me touch him now, when he is in the mood. He is a great talker though.
Then I have 9 Galah's (Rose Breasted Cockatoos). Seven of them were aviary bred and not friendly. One is a wild one that has an injured wing and cannot fly properly and was brought to me. Then I have one that I bred and hand raised and kept. She is quite sweet and loves head scratches and scratches under the wing. I am just weaning 2 babies that I bred last year and will be selling shortly. When hand raised they are so cheeky and have really endearing personalities.
I have 5 Short Billed Corella's. 2 that I hand raised and an older brother that was given to me because he hates men. The middle one is Karl and he is my little baby boy. He is 3 years old, older brother is 15 years and younger one is 2 years. Then there is Ollie who was hand raised and given to me as they did not handle her properly and I am her 3rd owner and she is only 2 years, she is now in an 8 ft x 6 ft aviary with Karl's younger sibling and seems to be much happier, she comes down now and sits on my shoulder. The other one is an aviary bred bird and not friendly at all. I have also just been given a Long Bill Corella who I have named Oliver. His original owner went overseas and gave him to a friend but he did not want to keep him as he also doesn't appear to like men. His age is unknown and it wasn't known if he was originally named or not.
These 4 species are probably my favourite of the Cockatoo family. I have owned Major Mitchell Cockatoo's. They tend to be ok until they reach sexual maturity and then they can get very aggressive especially the males when breeding. The Blacks can be similar. A friend has a Gang Gang. He hates women but loves men. Whenever my friend or any stanger or female goes near him he actually growls at you. Also they love eating meat. A mouse made the mistake of getting into his cage, it didn't get out the other side. Most breeders give their Gang Gangs pinky mice as part of their diet.
I haven't had anything to do with the exotic Cockatoos as I don't think we have to many of them in Australia if there are any at all.
I also have 3 Alexandrines, 1 Indian Ringneck, 9 Rainbow Lorikeets, about 20 budgies, 5 Princess Parrots, 1 Bourke Parrot and I still have 4 Cockatiels. 1 Sun Conure and I am just weaning 2 baby Green Cheeks. Also hand raising a Derbyan and a Nanday Conure for a friend.
Alot of people can't handle them as they spray their droppings. I have them in Suspended Aviaries so the poo just goes straight through. They are nectar feeding birds and not seed eaters. They are absolute fools, real clowns. Any toy will keep them amused for hours. Even simple things like the cardboard centre of toilet paper or a empty drink can. They bounce. They will giggle at you if they do something funny like pooping on someone. They are also extremely beautiful containing all the colours of the rainbow, hence their name. They are very common in the area I live in. I love them as they just have such a warped sense of humour. They make great pets when hand raised and both sexes can talk.
I adore galah's, moluccans, palms, and bare-eyed toos. I also like goffins I grew up with a Moluccan and an umbrella and while I like the umbrellas, after working with them in the shop I found them unpredictable and a little unreliable, more prone to nipping. The same for the medium and greater sulphurs.
Galahs, bare eyed, and goffins are just such clowns and characters. My grandparents had a goffins - his name was dufus for a reason they're also snuggly, but seem to do better with independent play than some of the bigger toos.
Moluccans are just such big, beautiful birds. They are even tempered, though males can get very aggressive and possessive during breeding season. I will admit, my bias to moluccans is probably because of Rio but that seems to be a trend reading everyones experiences and preferences.
Palms are just stunning, even tempered gentle giants when hand raised, and like all toos I'm sure they can be rowdy when wild, I've only worked with hand raised captive bred palms.
Hey at least you got to work with them haha. I love bare-eyed. I got to handle one that I almost bought - somebody else got there first - and he was so fun to be around. He'd fly over to you for attention, cuddle up to you, then jump everywhere and headbang. I wish I could have bought him, he was so great :lol:
Daisy if you love Bare Eyes you would love my Karl Corella he is an idiot but a lovable one. He is also a wonderful talker often saying things so in context. When I took him to his first table show at my parrot club my friend and I stopped at McDonalds on the way to get dinner. We went through the drive thru and the girl asked for our order, Mr Karl in the back calls out Hello Darling. They had just unloaded a delivery and the guys were sitting out the back near the drive thru speaker and they absolutely cracked up. When we are driving Karl chatters away all the way.
With the Rainbows, I don't mind their droppings so much. I actually find they are easier to clean up after than many seed eaters, only not down your back if they miss going over the side. They really need to be hand raised but with their diet which is heavy on the sugar side they tend to be very hyperactive. Some can be very cuddly but all are fools. They are rarely still. Many people cannot handle their beak. It is so sharp and they are capable of drawing blood at just 4 weeks when most birds beaks are still a bit soft. With Lorikeets you will lose blood at some time. People tend to think they are being feral but they are actually giving you a love pinch, but with such sharp beaks they will draw blood. They play rough with each other and consider you are the same and will play rough with you. But those who love them would not swap them for the world.
The poor girl was speachless but she started laughing when she saw the culprit who was trying to chat her up. Karl also said Hello Darling at his first major show. The judge was just about to present the winners with their prizes and was saying hello to everyone and thanking them for coming and putting their birds on display and he chimes in with Hello Darling. Everyone was laughing at him it was really funny. He won his class that day but my lovely Charlie won Champion Cockatoo on the day out of all the Cockatoo's, so she came home with a lovely trophy.
He usually says something funny when he goes to a table show or a bird show usually when it has gone quiet he will come out with Hello Darling or Where's My Kiss, We Go To Bed Now. He is a very cheeky boy. He was named after a tv presenter here who is also a bit of a cheeky brat.
Here is a picture of my beautiful Karl at his last show.