Click on the above link to see a story about wild, talking cockatoos.
“NO NEED TO THINK you’re going bird-brained if you hear mysterious voices from the trees – it’s likely just a curious cockatoo wanting a chat. Native parrots, especially cockatoos, seem to be learning the art of conversation from their previously domesticated friends. ”
I was at the botanic garden in Sydney and I thought one of the birds said “Hello” to me. I guess that’s not all that uncommon of an occurrence.
Here are a few pictures I took while I was there:
Cockatoos have reputations for being escape artists, and various padlocks and clamps are often needed to keep them in their cages.
MyLesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Mitri, can easily open the door from his spare cage downstairs. His main, big cage is upstairs, but he spends a lot of time downstairs. He dislikes all the parrot play stands I’ve gotten him, so he has a spare cage downstairs he can hang out on. He’s rarely ever locked in that cage.
Here he is getting out of it:
Mitri is also very proficient at taking nuts and bolts out of his big cage. My husband had to replace all the regular nuts and bolts in Mitri’s cage with lock nuts that Mitri can’t get off.
Mitri can also easily escape from his little travel cage. He did this when my husband and I took him to a parrot club meeting. He was in his travel cage talking to himself and he suddenly went quiet. I then noticed that he was perched on the seat between my husband and me. After he was put back in his cage, Mitri just popped the door open again, so my husband had to hold the door shut for the rest of the ride.
There are lots of other Youtube videos of cockatoo escapes. Here are a few more (note that these aren’t my birds):
There are more: just search “cockatoo escape” on youtube.
Cockatoos are really amazing birds.