Blue-Eyed Cockatoo


The beautiful blue-eyed cockatoo is rare but admired in the avian world. This species is reported to be one of the friendliest and most playful of all cockatoos. They are very affectionate, love to play, lay on their backs and can mimic just about anything. They can be destructive to furnishings, and therefore many chew toys, wooden branches and plenty of mental stimulation are needed to keep this bird happy and occupied. They enjoy being handled but their people should be careful not to over-handle them or they might demand constant attention.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Similar to other cockatoos, the blue-eyed cockatoo requires a lot of structured interaction in order to thrive. In return, the blue-eyed cockatoo, like other cockatoos, is an exceptionally loving and devoted pet. Neglect of this species can lead to feather plucking and other forms of self-mutilation, so prospective owners should be sure they have the time to devote to this bird. Excessive chewing and excessive noise are concerns for keeping this species as a pet, but with enough healthy chewing opportunities and proper behavior training, the blue-eyed cockatoo brings a lot of joy to its pet bird owner.

Expert Advice

“Most enchanting, extremely intelligent pet; they can be picked up in any way and even upside down; they love to play on their backs with toys, dance to music, will go to just about anyone and are considered extremely gentle and sweet tempered.”

Gene Maranda, Avian Companions (

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
New Britian, New Ireland, eastern Papua New Guinea
20 inches
Life Expectancy:
40 years plus
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: