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These birds are fairly high-energy and need plenty of exercise as they are prone to becoming overweight in captivity. Expect to spend several hours a day with your bird as they demand a lot of attention if you wish them to become tame and socialized. They are intelligent and can be good companions but are not generally an affectionate bird. They can get along with other cockatoos in an aviary, but their strong beaks make them a potential danger around small children.
Black Palm Cockatoos exhibit the very rare animal behavior of using tools. The male cockatoo takes a stick and uses it as a drumstick on a tree before making its nest there. Researchers are not certain why the birds do this. It may be to mark its territory. Another theory is that the female can discern if the tree is suitable for nesting by listening to the drumming sound. Below is an video of an example of this type of drumming displayed by a Black Palm cockatoo listening to music.
These parrots are very intelligent and inquisitive and need mental stimulation to avoid behavioral issues such as feather plucking or excessive screaming. They will want your attention as much as possible and will try to gain it by becoming loud if not properly trained. You can train one of these cockatoos to perform many simple tricks with time and positive reinforcement.
How Do I Care For a Black Palm Cockatoo?
These birds can tolerate variable temperatures but it should never get below freezing in their enclosure. They are best kept in a large cage size of 2.6 m W X 4m L X 2.6m H (8.5X13X8.5 feet), . Bar spacing should be 1 inch (2.54 cm) and the cage needs to be sturdily constructed to stand up to the bird’s strong beak.
Nail clipping may be required as will beak trimming if you cannot supply native pandanus nuts. These powder down parrots enjoy baths and should regularly get the opportunity to get wet. Molting is a steady process where the bird loses one to two feathers at a time.
Feeding should be with a high-quality pelleted diet with at least half of its diet consisting of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Obtaining nuts from its natural environment can be very beneficial to your bird and help it keep its beak in good shape.
These large birds need physical exercise to avoid becoming overweight and will benefit from ladders, perches and play stands. Breeding is difficult as the birds only lay one egg every two years. This fact, combined with habitat loss in their native regions, is cause for concern about the wild population of birds.
Are Black Palm Cockatoos Healthy?
In captivity, a BlackPalm Cockatoo can live for over 40 to 60 years. Though it is a large bird, it is light for its size and is subject to becoming overweight in captivity. Your bird can suffer from kidney problems, PFBD, and bacterial infections. Maintaining a proper diet is key for this parrot.