How Long Does a Cockatoo Live?

February 13, 2024
David Sunnyside

Considering the fact that cockatoos are intelligent and active birds, they have an impressive lifespan. The exact life expectancy varies from species to species, but they can live for over 100 years if properly cared for. This proves that love, proper domestication and a healthy diet can make an animal thrive.

Cockatoos are well-adapted in the wild and have evolved to avoid predation by living in large flocks high in the trees. They also hone their survival instincts to protect themselves, as when they detect an approaching predator they will raise their crests and give a loud warning cry.

They build their nests in tree cavities and hollows, with both male and female doing the incubation duty. They add a layer of leafy branches to the bottom of the nest hole before they start laying their eggs. They typically lay two or three eggs at a time, and they are incubated for 30 days.

A cockatoo can be identified by its light eyes, and females’ eye color changes to a lighter shade when they sexually mature. This is usually around the age of 2.

Despite being a popular pet, it is not recommended to keep a cockatoo until you are sure that you can provide it with the care that it needs. They are highly social creatures and need a lot of attention and handling to stay healthy, happy, and bonded to their owners. If they don’t get the mental and physical stimulation they need, they can become depressed and display destructive behavior such as feather plucking.

David Sunnyside
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