Hand rearing Black Cockatoos photos.

Sorry we don't keep or breed this species anymore!

Frequently asked questions: Q: Do I need a license to keep this species of bird?

A: Yes you do, for a pet bird you need a companion bird license. Best thing is to get in contact with your local state National Parks office to find out what you need in your state and at what cost. They recommend to allow 23 days to get the companion bird license.

Q: We don't live in the same state as you do but can we have the bird this weekend?

A: When a potential buyer lives interstate it means that the bird has to be exported out of one state into another. This involves some paperwork through NPWS ( National Parks & WildLife Services) with an application by both parties involved, for a state import and export transfer license. Cost is about $20.00 but is slow to get and has to be applied for well before the bird/s are to travel.

Q: Can you tell me if there is any difference in suitability as pets between the male and the female, I know the females are a little smaller and have yellow spots as they get older, but as to suitability, I have no idea and canít find any info?

A: The hen birds and cock birds show the spots from a juvenile stage. The hen's spots get brighter with age and the cock bird will lose the spots and barring on the tail after two years and will go fully black with a red tail (without the red barring). The hen birds retain the red barring in the tail. Because of the time frame involved, if it is necessary to know the sex of the bird it is always best to get the bird DNA tested to ascertain gender. Personality doesn't matter too much between the sexes for the first few years. Both are docile and love a cuddle. When the males get older they may want to breed and start to show off their plumage more and spread their wings. Some birds may try to mate your hand but this is rare as there would be an absence of breeding log or hen bird to stimulate the cock bird.

Q: How much socialisation does the little Red Tail get with people, (kids and adults) and other animals?

A: The Black gets handled by the whole family on odd occasions but because of their placid nature it isn't really that necessary,as they will go to most people at any age. These birds are very laid-back and clumsy at a young age. They can be trained with other animals but this comes back to the keeper for training again.

Q: Do you train the birds into harness, clip wings?

A: With Blacks to be kept for pets we recommend clipping the wings as they don't have much flying sense at this age and will fly into anything and crash land to the floor which could rearrange most households. Black can be trained for a harness but we don't do the training.

Q: What do I feed the bird when I get him home.

A: The bird will take one or two days to settle into its new surroundings, it has a lot to get used to such as: new noises and voices, different people than it was used to, other pets etc. For this reason don't panic if the bird doesn't eat too much, it will eat when it gets hungry. The bird has been weaned off on soaked pigeon mix seed and sunflower seed. Black will eat some greens like milk thistle, silverbeet, endives, broccoli, corn on the cob and some apple. Later, they will love to chew into any gum branches, leaves and gumnuts or nuts from bottle-brushes, seeded bulbs from banksia shrubs and trees, unsprayed fruit tree branches etc. For calcium we feed cuttle-bone pieces, this gives the bird calcium trace minerals and salt.

Redtail Black cockatoo chick 1day old.

Redtail Black cockatoo 11 days old

Redtail Black cockatoo 23 days old

Redtail Black cockatoo chick 35 days old

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