Friday, August 26, 2016

A happy cocky

They can be terribly naughty and destructive, but I just love our cockatoos and they are so trainable. You can perhaps get an idea of the strength of the beaks from a video posted by Elephant's Child. While it is a different species, I am sure their bite is similar. Their beaks can crack a walnut. Never take your finger for granted around a cockatoo. 1:09

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  1. wow I would likt to hire him

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  2. I love the noisy, destructive, incontinent vandals too. As you know. Thanks for the link to my black vandals.

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    1. I have another cocky vid up my sleeve, EC. They are rather like a naughty child from who you have to hide your smile.

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    1. WW, they are funny, aren't they.

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  4. I wonder if they have any natural musical sense or simply mimic something they see.

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    1. Victor, pretty clear to me it was being directed, hence my comment about them being very trainable.

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  5. He's so cute! And I hear him saying 'dance' every now and again too. They certainly are trainable, even without effort. We used to have one that could perfectly mimic mum yelling down the backyard for the kids (step-siblings)to 'get back up here and clean your rooms' or 'finish these dishes'. I love seeing cockies dance and whistle. Even the wild galahs here will whistle back at you if you whistle long enough at them.

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    1. River, what a great childhood memory. We had one in my teen years but a gun do ate it.

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    2. River, my Aunty Lal had a captive galah, it was about sixty years old. They are long lived birds.

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  6. Love our Cockatoos too Andrew, we used to have two but had to taken them to a farm because of the 'noise' they made (:

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    1. Margaret, as above, we had one. It was only noisy when other birds came to steal its seed, and that was early morning and very annoying.

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  7. Like John Travolta !

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  8. My cocky just passed away two weeks ago. She was living in Canberra with my folks (like most of my pets). They are highly intelligent birds...and quite a commitment given their longevity.

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    1. Ad Rad, I had a great aunt who had a galah in its 60s. How old was your cocky when it sadly died?

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  9. I once thought, when visiting my brother, that someone was in terrible distress and screaming. I followed the sound a quarter mile up a hill, to one of his neighbors. They were fine, but their cockatoos had not received a usual treat and were raising hell.

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    1. Strayer, were they cockatoos like the one above? Maybe you didn't see them. There is a lucrative illegal trade in eggs of our native birds.

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