Top 10 Best Cockatoo Species

Cockatoos are a type of parrot species characterized by an above-average size and a notable crest which displays their personality. Cockatoos tend to be more prominent in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, and the Philippines. An ideal cockatoo's diet typically consists of seeds, vegetables and nuts - mixed with a bit of fruits, proteins, and even insects, depending on the cockatoo species. Their appearance and behavior makes them an appealing pet among many people. Although it's important to know that most cockatoos are very tricky to deal with - as they tend to be affectionate with one owner yet treat others differently, and can be a problem if not even destructive when not given sufficient attention, so they're best kept for more experienced and dedicated bird owners. Cockatoos are typically characterized with an attention-seeking disposition, loud cries, a desire for chewing, and a humorous yet mischievous personality. They are often highly intelligent and sociable, and can also mimicry other sounds. While they can be a burden for some, they are also life-long pet companions if treated well.
The Top Ten
1 Salmon-Crested Cockatoo

Also known as the Moluccan Cockatoo, which can be found in east Indonesia and Oahu in Hawaii. They are known to be one of the largest white cockatoos. This cockatoo is noted for displaying intelligence and its voice is capable of reaching up to a whopping 130 dB - which is equivalent to a jet engine. They're also revered for their long lifespans which can reach to almost a century. Pretty beautiful, isn't it?

So beautiful. What do they eat?

2 Yellow-Crested Cockatoo

It's a white parrot that has a yellow crest (as the name states) with slight yellow undertones in their wings, and is found in Indonesia and East Timor. Although its state of being critically endangered makes it a rare pet, they come along with groups. It's also called the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo.

3 Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Also called the Leadbeater cockatoo or just the pink cockatoo, is a cockatoo species that usually lives in the arid regions of Australia. Among one of the most unique and beautiful-looking cockatoos, its attention-seeking yet affectionate disposition makes it a favorable bird among dedicated parrot lovers, but it's not for anyone else as they are difficult to deal with. Otherwise their appearance is one thing to admire.

4 Galah

Also called the pink and grey cockatoo, although this species has a few other names. Coated with a pink plumage, this fabulous cockatoo species can be found in Australia and is relatively common. They're similar to the Major Mitchell's cockatoo as they share similar colors and can be also found in small to large flocks. Galahs happen to be pretty clever and intelligent, along with being highly socialized animals

5 Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Here we have another beautiful cockatoo species that also happens to reside in Australia. What makes them more unique is that they are sexually dimorphic - a trait which not apparent by the majority of other parrot species. Usually large, they usually have a timid disposition. The male cockatoo is characterized with a mostly black plumage with red streaks in its tail, while the female cockatoo is characterized with yellow stripes covering most of its body, tail and wings.

6 Gang-Gang Cockatoo

Residing in Australia, the Gang-gang cockatoo is quite easily distinguishable than most of the other cockatoos in this list (aside from the galah). Their appearance is characterized with a red plumage around its head on a male cockatoo, though the female's head is characterized with a gray plumage. They are pretty quiet compared to most cockatoos.

7 Palm Cockatoo

A native animal in Queensland, Australia. Also known as the goliath cockatoo or just palm cockatoo, this species is a black feathered parrot with noticeable red cheeks which possesses one of the largest beaks in the parrot species. It's not like any other parrot as its appearance suggests. This cockatoo is among one of the few animals that are capable of using tools, and has an unusual habit of drumming to display dominance over territory. Unlike other parrot species, it shows no signs of affection and displays an aloof behavior.

8 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Also found in Australia and some parts of Indonesia, the sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large cockatoo known for displaying high intelligence yet can chirp pretty loudly. Fun fact: the oldest bird happened to be this sulphur-crested cockatoo whose name goes by "Cocky Bennett". Having lived over 120 years, he died in 1916. Pretty surprising despite the known fact that cockatoos typically live long lives.

120 years wow I did not expect that also turns out the average lifespan is about 70 which is pretty massive itself.

9 Blue-Eyed Cockatoo

Although considered a vulnerable species, this is among one of the more tolerable cockatoo species due to its friendliness and affectionate disposition. At times they can be pretty nagging and loud like most parrots. The blue-eyed cockatoo is more expensive than some cockatoo species, costing up to $10,000. So treat it with great care.

10 Umbrella Cockatoo

The vanilla flavor of all cockatoo species. Also known as the white cockatoo, it's mostly located in Indonesia - particularly the Maluku islands and is considered a native species. Like most cockatoos they are needy of attention and can be noisy if ignored.

The Contenders
11 Cockatiel
12 Solomons Cockatoo
13 Glossy Black Cockatoo
14 Little Corella
15 Citron-Crested Cockatoo
16 Tanimbar Corella
17 Baudin's Black Cockatoo
18 Carnaby's Black Cockatoo
19 Mathews' Cockatoo
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