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Bare-Eyed Cockatoo (Little Corella)

The bare-eyed cockatoo is a smaller cockatoo that is a somewhat easier pet to keep than its larger cousins. Sweet, playful, and intelligent, bare-eyed cockatoos are one of the best talking cockatoos.

Origin and History of cockatoos

This white cockatoo is native to Australia and southern New Guinea. The bird was first described and cataloged by English ornithologist John Gold in 1843.

In the wild, their preferred habitat ranges from arid deserts to coastal plains; these birds rarely live in thick forests. You can also find bare-eyed cockatoos in urban areas and agricultural zones. They are so prevalent that they create a nuisance

Temperament of cockatoo

With a reputation for being goofy and clownish, the bare-eyed cockatoo usually is a very social bird that loves to play and interact with its owners.

Intelligent and friendly, bare-eyed cockatoos make excellent pets for experienced bird owners who would like a cockatoo but don’t have the space to keep one of the larger species. These birds can learn to perform tricks and love to hang upside down.

Speech and Vocalizations

Among the cockatoos, this species is the best at mimicking human speech. It is common for a bare-eyed cockatoo to spontaneously mimic the vocal patterns of every member of the family. While cockatoos are known for being one of the loudest of the parrots, these little corellas are slightly less talkative in comparison. 

Caring for a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

Although the bare-eyed cockatoo is a little less demanding than larger cockatoos, this is still a bird that is best suited for an owner who wants a constant companion. These birds crave social interaction with their owners and can resort to destructive behaviors if they feel neglected. You will need to devote at least 3 hours a day to your bird.

As with all birds, get the largest cage possible. It will need a medium or large-sized enclosure that is at least 2-feet wide, 3-feet long, and 4-feet tall. Even if you give it an enormous cage, your cockatoo will need plenty of time outside the enclosure for play, exercise, and attention from you. You serve as this bird’s flock, and your bare-eyed cockatoo will insist on interacting with you. 

All cockatoos emit a powder down used for preening, which helps maintain their overall feather and skin health. People who have allergies or are sensitive to dust or animal dander may not be well-suited for life with a cockatoo.

The bare-eyed cockatoo benefits from weekly baths to keep its skin healthy and plumage shiny. Carefully dry the bird in a warm room after bathing it.

If you clip its wings, do so only on the primary feathers so it can easily fly and glide around the house. This bird prefers to be out and about rather than remaining confined to its cage. 

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