The Eleonora Cockatoos

Photo Above: Aru Islands the home of the Eleonora Cockatoo

The Eleonora Cockatoo is the most common species of the Sulphur crested. They are a medium sized Cockatoo and just like all of the Sulphur crested birds, predictably unpredictable. 

They are enthusiastic, happy, confident, proud, clever, mischievous, busy and they love to fly. The males run around the enclosure playing mutual games of tag. If a branch or log falls on the ground they will immediately, start to dig a divot under it. 

The new birds are accepted readily and are thrilled to mix in with their own kind. Their eyes light up, like a kid at disneyland.They love to root around on the ground and always keep the wild willow bushes behind their enclosure trimmed. (see photo left) I have no idea who the gardener is.

I put up a new larger enclosure for the Eleonora it’s double the size of their previous colony. It has already reached capacity.

There is no flock leader in this or, any other colony here. There are birds that get moody. The other birds give the moody bird a wide berth until the mood has changed. 

Females are very sweet and loving and typical of most female Cockatoos, they are not as noisy or destructive as the males. I have two “time out” enclosures for this colony, for the naughty males when they get moody. 

In a home environment, they are noisy, demanding, stubborn and into everything. One of the advantages of keeping the Eleonora, they are not as needy as many other Cockatoo species.  


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