Cockatoos

Cockatoos are generally one of the best family oriented birds. They are soft, love to cuddle, and very social. They can learn to talk, although they are not the clearest speakers of the parrots. Some have a large vocabulary, while others do not. They can easily be trained to go to anyone, and love to do tricks just to make their owners laugh. More about Cockatoos »

Cockatoos need out of the cage time with their owners on a daily basis, as do all pet parrots.  Because they are so social, they consider themselves part of your flock of humans, and they can get loud in their demands to come out and play with the family. In the wild, cockatoos are ground dwellers, so when they are out, cockatoos are often on the floor following their family around the house. I had a Moluccan that would follow me upstairs, talking to me the whole time.

The smallest sized cage for an Umbrella or Moluccan cockatoo should be 36 x 28. Bar spacing can be as large as 1 inch – larger spacing can be dangerous. They need ample room to swing, play, and move around. No playtop cages, unless you are very tall, and your eye level will be taller than the bird on the playtop perch.  For the Goffin, Citron, and Rose Breasted Cockatoos, the dome top 23 x 32 cage will suffice, although you may go larger as long as the bar spacing doesn’t exceed 5/8 inch.

We raise five types of Cockatoos:

  • The huge, friendly Moluccans
  • The beautiful, curious Umbrellas
  • The small, playful Goffin Cockatoo
  • The stunningly exotic Rose Breasted ‘Toos
  • The captivating Citron Crested Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoos »

Moluccan Cockatoos are the largest of the white cockatoos. As with most cockatoos, they can live to be 60 years old! They weigh close to one pound as adults, and are about 20 inches from head to tail. The babies take a full 6 months to wean, often longer. They are dimorphic in that the adult male has very dark eyes (almost black) while the adult female may have a reddish iris. (Although the only sure way to tell male from female would be to either do surgical sexing, or test a sample of the bird’s DNA.) The hen is often larger than the male. These striking birds have a soft pink colored body with vibrant crest feathers of an orange-red. When a Moluccan displays himself, he is quite breath taking!

Moluccans are extremely intelligent birds that should be offered a variety of mind challenging toys, lots of wood for their strong beaks to chew, and a very well made cage to house them. They are very friendly pets, and if worked with from a young age, they can have a wide vocabulary.  Although their talking voice isn’t the clearest, their ‘cuddle’ factor keeps them near the top of the family friendly pet list.

Moluccans produce a fine powder daily.  Baths by a spray bottle or a shower are a must to keep the bird’s feathers healthy.  Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables should be offered daily to keep them healthy.

Even though these beautiful birds are quite hard to breed in captivity, and they are on the CITES endangered list, they are available for purchase in the US.

Umbrella Cockatoos »

Umbrella Cockatoos are the most common pet cockatoo in the states.  Their inquisitive natures, loving personalities, and beauty have made them favorites for many years.  The Umbrella is smaller than the Moluccan – about 17 to 18 inches. The babies wean a little faster than the larger Moluccan, taking at least 5 month, often longer. Their coloring is all white with their crest and underpinnings of their feathers yellow. When displaying their crest, there is yellow on the back side, and white on the front.

The Umbrella is a “good pass around pet”. They love to be loved, and need to be an integral part of the family.  They like to chew, tear apart, and play with all sorts of toys.  Giving them a variety of wood, acrylic, rubber and paper helps to keep these active birds occupied. As with other cockatoos, these guys need to be bathed often, and need a variety of foods offered.

Goffin Cockatoos »

These pint sized cockatoos are full of energy, and are very intelligent! They are loyal to their owners and make affectionate family pets. They are the smallest cockatoo, so they can be very nice pets for someone who wants a cockatoo, but doesn’t have the space for a large bird. The cage requirements for a Goffin should be 30 X 30 X 30.

The crest of a Goffin is smaller than the other cockatoos, and stands straight up whenever excited. Their coloring is white also, with rosy patches on their cheek areas. Some Goffins actually have a light pink cast to their feathers. Goffin babies usually go home right around 16 weeks, although with all cockatoos, they may want to be ‘babied’ a bit longer!!

Rose Breasted Cockatoos »

  The rose breasted cockatoo is unique in the cockatoo family due to its red, pink and gray coloring.  These birds can be cuddly and certainly enjoy social interaction.  At times, they prefer to be independent.  Rose breasted cockatoos are good talkers, in my opinion, the clearest speaker of the cockatoo family.  Rosies wean quickly, and they usually go home 12 to 14 weeks from hatching. These cockatoos also require mind-engaging activities to keep them from becoming bored.  It is important not to feed these cockatoos too many fattening foods because they have a greater tendency of becoming overweight.

Rose breasted cockatoos are about 13 to 14 inches long and weigh 300 to 400 grams.  The cage should at least be 3 feet, by 2 feet, by 3 feet tall.

Our Cockatoos

Reserved for Alicia R
Umbrella Cockatoo
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/4/17
ready date: 12/5/17
use: DNA soon
Umbrella Cockatoo
Reserved for Alicia A
U2 ‘Diva’
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/19/17
ready date: 10/21/17
use: DNA Female
U2 'Diva'
Reserved for Cliff
U2, ‘Max’
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/11/17
ready date: 10/15/17
use: DNA Male
U2, 'Max'
Reserved for Tara
U2 ‘Loki’ (Baby B)
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/14/17
ready date: 10/14/17
use: DNA Male
U2 'Loki' (Baby B)
Reserved for Erin
M2 ‘Maui Rose’
species: Moluccan Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/12/17
ready date: 11/10/17
use: DNA Female
M2 'Maui Rose'
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‘Popi’ C2
species: Citron Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/15/17
ready date: 7/22/17
use: DNA Male
'Popi' C2
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Lesser Sulfur Crested/Citron Cockatoo baby
species: Lesser Sulfur Crested/Citron Cockatoo
price: $1500
status: Hatched
hatch date: 11/5/16
ready date: 2/23/17
use: DNA soon
Lesser Sulfur Crested/Citron Cockatoo baby
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U2 ‘Ghost’
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/19/16
ready date: 12/17/16
use: DNA Male
U2 'Ghost'
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Citron Cockatoo
species: Citron Cockatoo
price: $1600
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/23/16
ready date: 10/27/16
use: DNA male
Citron Cockatoo
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Moluccan Cockatoo
species: Moluccan Cockatoo
price: $2100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/3/16
ready date: 12/25/16
use: DNA Male
Moluccan Cockatoo
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LSC/Citron Cockatoo ‘Luna’
species: Lesser Sulfur Crested/Citron Cockatoo
status: hatched
hatch date: 5/18/16
ready date: 9/18/16
use: DNA Female
LSC/Citron Cockatoo 'Luna'
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Goffin Cockatoo ‘Bailee’
species: Goffin Cockatoo
price: $1300
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/8/16
ready date: 8/27/16
use: DNA female
Goffin Cockatoo 'Bailee'
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“Clementine” the Citron
species: Citron Cockatoo
price: $1600
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/19/16
ready date: 7/12/16
use: DNA female
"Clementine" the Citron
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Eleanora (Medium Sulfur Crested) Cockatoo
species: Elenora Cockatoo
price: $450
status: Adult
hatch date: unknown
ready date: 4/19/16
Eleanora (Medium Sulfur Crested) Cockatoo
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Goffin Cockatoo ‘Jojo’
species: Goffin Cockatoo
price: 1300.00
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/10/16
ready date: 8/1/16
use: DNA Male
Goffin Cockatoo 'Jojo'
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LSC/Cit ‘too ‘Kermit’
species: LSC/C Cockatoo
price: $1500
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/26/16
ready date: 7/16/16
use: DNA Male
LSC/Cit 'too 'Kermit'
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Citron ‘too “Bingo”
species: Cirton Cockatoo
price: $1600
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/27/16
ready date: 6/30/16
use: DNA Male
Citron 'too "Bingo"
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Citron Cockatoo ‘Piper’
species: Cirton Cockatoo
price: $1600
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/6/16
ready date: 6/20/16
use: DNA Female
Citron Cockatoo 'Piper'
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U2 ‘Rocco’
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/5/16
ready date: 6/4/16
use: DNA Male
U2 'Rocco'
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LSC Citron ‘Caesar’
species: Hybrid Cockatoo
price: 1400.00
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/27/16
ready date: 6/2/16
use: DNA Male
LSC Citron 'Caesar'
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LSCC ‘Stella’
species: Lesser Sulphur Crested/Citron cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 12/9/15
ready date: 4/8/16
use: DNA Female
LSCC 'Stella'
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LSC/C cockatoo ‘Charlie’
species: Lesser Sulphur Crested/Citron cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 11/9/15
ready date: 3/7/16
use: DNA Male
LSC/C cockatoo 'Charlie'
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“Elvis”
species: Lesser Sulphur Crested/Citron cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/15/15
ready date: 12/4/15
use: DNA Male
"Elvis"
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LCC2 “Kirby”
species: Lesser Sulphur Crested/Citron cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 8/7/15
ready date: 12/13/15
use: DNA Male
LCC2 "Kirby"
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U2 ‘Beethovan’
species: Umbrella cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/16/15
ready date: 12/23/15
use: DNA Male
U2 'Beethovan'
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Mobrella baby
species: Mobrella Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/8/15
ready date: 12/7/15
use: DNA Female
Mobrella baby
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U2 ‘Coco’
species: Umbrella cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/19/15
ready date: 10/6/15
use: DNA Male
U2 'Coco'
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‘Dazzy’
species: Lesser Sulphur Citron cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/23/15
ready date: 9/29/15
use: DNA Female
'Dazzy'
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‘Sunshine’
species: Citron Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/22/15
ready date: 10/16/15
use: DNA Female
'Sunshine'
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Citron Cockatoo
species: Citron Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/13/15
ready date: 7/3/15
use: DNA Male
Citron Cockatoo
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U2 “Belle”
species: Umbrella cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/8/15
ready date: 6/4/15
use: DNA Female
U2 "Belle"
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Mobrella Cockatoo
species: Mobrella Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/10/14
ready date: 11/20/14
use: DNA Male
 Mobrella Cockatoo
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“Cookie” the Citron
species: Citron Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/23/14
ready date: 10/27/14
use: DNA Female
"Cookie" the Citron
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Goffin “Ahavah”
species: Goffin Cockatoo
price: $950.00
status: Hatched
hatch date: 6/11/14
ready date: 10/1/14
use: DNA Female
Goffin "Ahavah"
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Umbrella cockatoo female
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/26/14
ready date: 9/4/14
use: DNA Female
Umbrella cockatoo female
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Rose Breasted ‘too male
species: Rose Breasted Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/12/14
ready date: 7/16/14
use: DNA Male
Rose Breasted 'too male
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G2 “Apollo”
species: Goffin Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/13/14
ready date: 8/4/14
use: DNA Male
G2 "Apollo"
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“Angel” Goffin
species: Goffin Cockatoo
price: $850
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/24/14
ready date: 5/16/14
use: DNA Male
"Angel" Goffin
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Cooper the Cockatoo
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 12/22/13
ready date: 5/25/14
use: DNA Male
Cooper the Cockatoo
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Munchkin
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/29/13
ready date: 12/23/13
use: DNA Female
Munchkin
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Moluccan Cockatoo Phillip
species: Moluccan Cockatoo
price: $1900
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/27/13
ready date: 11/1/13
use: DNA Male
Moluccan Cockatoo Phillip
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U2 – Shay
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/28/13
ready date: 9/16/13
use: DNA Female
U2 - Shay
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Rose Breasted cockatoo
species: Rose Breasted Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/23/13
ready date: 8/6/13
use: DNA Female
 Rose Breasted cockatoo
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U2 – Zooni
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/9/13
ready date: 7/25/13
use: DNA Male
U2 - Zooni
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Tookie
species: Umbrella cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/13/13
ready date: 6/2/13
use: DNA Male
Tookie
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Mobrella Jacko
species: Mobrella Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/7/13
ready date: 7/1/13
use: DNA Male
Mobrella Jacko
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Eileen’s Roxy
species: Moluccan Cockatoo
price: $1900
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/28/13
ready date: 7/20/13
use: DNA Female
Eileen's Roxy
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4 RBC Melinda’s
species: Rose Breasted Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/27/13
ready date: 6/26/13
use: DNA Male
4 RBC Melinda's
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Erin’s Ranger
species: Moluccan Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 1/30/13
ready date: 7/20/13
use: DNA Male
Erin's Ranger
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Lynn’s Dusty
species: Moluccan
status: Hatched
hatch date: 12/27/12
ready date: 6/13/13
use: DNA Male
Lynn's Dusty
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Citron Cockatoo
species: Citron Crested Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: weaned
hatch date: 3/18/12
ready date: 10/1/12
use: DNA pending
Citron Cockatoo
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Rose Breasted Cockatoo
species: Rose breasted Cockatoo
price: $1400
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/2/12
ready date: 10/12/12
use: DNA Male
Rose Breasted Cockatoo
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Ellie Goffin
species: Goffin's Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/10/12
ready date: 8/28/12
use: DNA Female
Ellie Goffin
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RBC Bella
species: Rose breasted Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/5/12
ready date: 6/11/12
use: DNA female
RBC Bella
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RBC Lupe
species: Rose breasted Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/26/12
ready date: 7/2/12
use: DNA female
RBC Lupe
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Bella
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
price: $1100
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/31/11
ready date: 11/11/11
use: DNA female
Bella
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Orlando
species: Moluccan Cockatoo
price: $1800.00
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/10/11
ready date: 10/15/11
use: DNA male
Orlando
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Rosco
species: Goffin Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/11/11
ready date: 5/26/11
use: DNA male
Rosco
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Umbrella Cockatoo
species: Umbrella Cockatoo
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/3/2010
ready date: 11/27/2010
Umbrella Cockatoo
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Eleanora Cockatoo
species: Medium Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
status: Born
hatch date: 6/4/2010
ready date: 9/31/2010
Eleanora Cockatoo
  • "My husband and I fell into the group of Companion bird lovers who never took vacations because we didn't feel comfortable with leaving our beloved Umbrella Cockatoo and Grey Timneh with just anyone. If they could board them, there was not a large cage available for Bandit. Many didn't feel comfortable with the larger parrots, didn't understand their needs or have experience.

    We feel so lucky to have met Christy Herbst this summer. From my first phone conversation with Christy and after meeting her, I knew that we had finally found the person we had hoped for. We were instantly at ease with her and her family and knew that our "fellas" would have the best care and love possible. It didn't take long to realize that she was not an amateur in the companion bird world.

    Christy provided a large cage for the Bandit in a nice sunny room and put Kayo close knowing that the two had been room mates in our home. When we arrived she had a large cage ready and waiting with everything Bandit needed to make him feel at ease. Conditions were neat and clean, truly a bird's (and bird lovers dream). Having watched Christy with her birds I knew mine would get plenty of "birdie love".

    I can honestly say that the peace of mind Christy provided allowed my husband to have the best vacation we have had in 27 years of marriage... and if Bandit and Kayo could write an essay about their summer vacation they would say that it was their best vacation too!"

    Marcia and Ronnie Vaughan
    Chester, Virginia

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