On Apr 9, 2010, DeniseKeough from New Port Richey, FL wrote:
I had never been a pet bird lover, than I met a women who had a 6 month old cockatoo and I fell in love with her and this bird. Cockatoos are the most affectionate loving birds among the parrot family. They make wonderful pets, but require a major amount of time and attention and yes they are destructive. They chew up anything and everything just for the fun of it!
On Feb 21, 2009, tropicbreeze from noonamah
I'm fortunate that in my area we don't get the huge flocks of these birds that they do down south causing so much damage to property and crops. In the north they don't seem to flock together in such large numbers, the most I've seen together here are about one to two dozen, but mostly just a few of them. They can be destructive in urban areas where they chew on timber, a veritable "avian termite". Huge flocks of them descend on grain fields and wipe out a lot of the crop. All in all, cockatoos have benefitted a lot from the arrival of Europeans in Australia.
As I said, in the north they don't seem to get to those large numbers so their damage is small scale and can easily be overlooked. One of their major impacts for me is eating my mangos. They often don't eat the whole fru... read more