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I will be moving into a house with my bf and his roomate in about 4 months. my boyfriend said i can pick one pet to have, i was thinking puppy. but I jokingly was mentioning how much i wanted a cockatoo but they are like small children....WELL, after a convo about how loud they are and the attention they need, he actually is OK with it, I do have the time, im free all day everyday the only change would be me going to school maybe 3 days a week for 4 hours. so now that I might be able to finally get one, WHICH one?:shrug: ive read ALOT ALOT. my top picks, based on personality, intelligence and habits are: a Leadbeater Cockatoo, a Rose breasted Cockatoo, or a moluccan cockatoo.....Iam a beginner with LARGE parrots but i know alot about birds/small parrots, and have owned a few
 

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Hmm... our of the three you've listed, I recommend a Rose Breasted or maybe a Goffin's cockatoo for you. Your bf said he doesnt mind noise, but a Male Moluccan is capable of making the single loudest sound known to mankind (literally, they hold the world record :giggle: ) and they need a good 40" wide cage. A Rosie or Goffin will be a more manageable size, they are very intelligent and interactive, can be good talkers, and are snuggly without being quite as big of leeches as the umbrellas or moluccans. You can also look into the Citrons and Lesser Sulfur Crested toos as well. I'm personally biased towards the Rosies, as their colors are absolutely stunning and they are such little clowns and they have a much more rhaspy voice, so when they scream it's not as piercing as some of the other species
 

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if a cockatoo is what you want then that is totally up to you, but as Jenny said some species are FAR louder than others :lol: Rosie's are wonderful birds and a lot less quiet and needy. I'd go for the smaller 'toos if I were you. I'm a real sap for all 3, especially leadbeaters!
 
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I have hand raised Leadbeater's and owned them, we call the Major Mitchell's. Very pretty birds but they can get a bit agressive at sexual maturity.

I have had nothing to do with Moluccan's so I can't give an opinion of them.

I have 7 Rose Breasted (we call them Galah's) and I breed and hand raise them. It was the first hand raised bird I had over 40 years ago. They are really funny little birds. Both sexes can talk. I still have one tame female that I bred and hand raised myself. I just sold her little sister to my Chiropracter and they love her. She has a very sweet nature and loves head scratches. They can be a bit noisy when you get them in a group. They actually make more noise than my 6 Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.

Another good one is a Short Billed Corella (Bare Eyed Cockatoo) about the same size as the Galah but they are the best talkers of the whole Cockatoo family, the males being the better talkers. They are very intelligent and very clear talkers.

Just make sure that whatever one you get it is hand raised. They can be very difficult to tame if they are parent reared.
 

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Yeah I like the goffin cockatoos but I like african greys soooooo much more
 
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Hi, Not sure which would be the best. I have a goffins (got him 9 years ago), he is a very good cockatoo and does not scream a lot but when he does it is very loud. He is affectionate but still likes to play with toys and does not demand attention all the time. However he is much more demanding then my other pets and is a lot more work.
You said that you will be home all day everyday, is that for the next 40 to 80 years? I just worry that your new cockatoo will get used to a lot of attention and then when you start a full time job or have kids one day your cockatoo will not handle it well. Also, will the room mate be okay with the loud noise and any damage to the house from the bird chewing? I am not saying that you should not get the bird but it is a huge responsibility and a commitment for the rest of your life. Personally if I had known then what I know now I would have gone with a small conure or something like that.
 

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I think Goffin’s Cockatoo and Rose Breasted Cockatoo’s are a great choice, if you were to prefer to get a smaller Cockatoo.

I have a Rose Breasted Cockatoo, Bubby, he is 9 months old and I adopted him a few months ago. He is absolute sweet heart, very social, friendly, playful and funny.. he loves and adores all the attention he can get and he fluffs his head and stretches his neck out for kisses and scritches all the time. Yes he is loud, but he doesn’t scream a lot, only if he is excited and he is hanging off of something or playing, it lasts only a few minutes anyways. If you are not one to like loud screeching, I wouldn’t recommend a Cockatoo, especially the large ones. (triple as loud as the smaller Cockatoos) Also, you need to take your neighbors into consideration, what if you get a Cockatoo and it screams a lot during the day? The neighbors may complain about it. They need tons of toys (Bubby loves chewing wood) to keep them occupied as well as lots of foraging opportunities and out of cage time and one-on-one time, at least a few hours a day, if not more. Diet is also another big thing, especially with Rose Breasted Cockatoo’s who are prone to fatty tumors, so they need a varied diet with lots of fresh veggies, fruit, and grains, sprouts, pellets (optional) and so on. Do a lot of research before-hand, and I suggest too that you spend time with each Cockatoo specie mentioned, that way you can get to know them, their personalities, and you may be even lucky enough to hear them scream and you will know how loud they are. :)

With that said, I will post a few videos of my Rose Breasted Cockatoo, Bubby.

(this first video is a video of him screaming, it is as loud as he gets)
http://www.youtube.com/embed/GGKAeuWu1pE
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X58LpnjzTWQ"]YouTube - Bonding[/nomedia]

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUKLQTKDPY"]YouTube - Bubby shows off[/nomedia]

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44DzeZGOT8c"]YouTube - Bubby chases the light[/nomedia]

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FLG6maz5wU"]YouTube - Training with Bubby[/nomedia]
 

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Kate, bare-eyed cockatoos are very wonderful indeed, I adored the one I was supposed to have a few years back
 

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They are great aren't they Daisy. And they don't yell much at all. At least mine don't. I have 5 of them, 3 of the related. Karl Corella is my favourite, he is such a clown. He has a round rope swing and he will hang off the bottom by his beak and swing around and around in circles madly. He is a really good talker and comes out with things like - "Well done dopey", "Don't Even Think About It", "We go to Bed Now", "Where's My Kiss", "Hello Darling", and more.

I also now have a Long Billed Corella who I have named Oliver. If he had a name before we don't know. He does talk but unfortunately alot of what he says is mumbled and I can't understand it. But he says Hello very clearly. Don't know how old he is and I am about his third owner, one moved back to England and the person he was given to did not really want him. At this stage he doesn't particularly like people, but he is improving and will take food out of my hand.
 

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awh Karl sounds like a real laugh :lol:

I'm sure you'll get Oliver to come around eventually, just keep up the hard work!
 

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We almost took home a bare-eyed 'too instead of our Moluccan back in the day... I fell in love with her. She was super shy at the store and me and my mom helped her come out of her shell. I haven't worked with many, but they seem a little more mellow and reserved than the Rosies
 

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Thank you all so much!

im really interested in the rose breasted, but it looks like im going to wait a bit longer. Turns out that my boyfriend and his best friend are OK with having a cockatoo, They would help and be curious of the bird but its seeming they both would rather have a puppy, and if i get a cockatoo I dont want him or her to be ignored at all! not saying he/her would be, but i dont want to risk it. cause also I would like a puppy, i would rather have a bird but i think for the sake of the birdy i will wait until things settle down after we move and bring it up again in a few months. cause i have the feeling if we got a puppy they would all be rushing to help, but not if it was a bird, and i get that, big birds can be a lil scary at first.:hug:
 

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That is fine. Its your choice! I'd wait for the puppy to be trained and grown up a bit too if I were in that situation :)
 

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It sounds as if you have made a great choice for your situation. You are welcome to keep visiting our site and learning and contributing while you wait to decide on a bird, too. Have fun with your puppy. You will probably be better off not getting a bird until you are all used to living with one another, too.
 

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haha kate i was like huh i dont know these other 2 then you said major mitchels and galah and i had a massive Ohhhhhhhhhh moment haha
 

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Ok, I'm going to play devils advocate here. How long have you and your BOYFRIEND been dating? I also see where you mention that there will be a third party sharing the house. I've seen a few relationships fall because of situations like this, Yes, he might reluctantly agree, which it sounds like he has. But when the bird starts consume more of your time than he likes or it hampers you from doing certain things, or gets noisy then I see a problem. Cockatoo's are one of the noisiest birds of them all and most can be VERY CLINGY, which means if you spoil them, which most new bird owners do, the bird will squawk and demand attention.

So what are you going to do if the boyfriend wants your attention and the bird is demanding your attention at the same time. You also have to realize that most birds can and do bond to one specific person and can be aggressive to the point of running anyone else out of the house. I know a fellow who breeds birds and his Blue & Gold Macaw will literally run his son out of the house each time he comes over. They have to put the bird up.

Get a dog that BOTH of you can enjoy. Then when there is more of a commitment between the two of you and you both come to an agreement without guilt from either side then you get a bird that both of you feel comfortable with. Hopefully the third party will no longer be in the picture.

So I will obstain from voting.
 

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Some members on the site had a conversation about that website a little bit ago. We concluded it was a bit drastic, lol....
 

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Nanay is totally right! Sorry for making it sound like it was innapropriate or bad that you posted it, you were completely OK to do so! When I said we "concluded" it was drastic, I meant some people had personal views that it was too much, not in any way that it was wrong for you to post it. The website actually has a really good intention. Sorry for any misunderstandings!
 

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I don't get the drift of this forum if this is what you believe. I've had Cockatoos and they are not for new owners, not even experienced people can always deal with them.
So where is the misunderstanding on your part???
 
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