Full Profile, History, and Care of the Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

Bare Eyed Cockatoo

The bare-eyed is a tiny that is simpler to maintain as a pet than its bigger relatives. The ring of blue around its eyes gives this bird a drowsy appearance, yet it is a very active and social bird who enjoys to connect with its owner outside of its cage. The bare-eyed may not be the most colorful parrot on the planet, but it makes up for it with a vibrant personality. Bare-eyed cockatoos are one of the greatest talking cockatoos because they are kind, lively, and clever.

Species Overview

Common Name: Bare-eyed cockatoo, little corella cockatoo, blue-eyed cockatoo

Scientific Name: Cacatua sanguineat; in the wild, four subspecies have been identified: C. s. sanguinea, C. s. normantoni, C. s. transfreta, and C. s. gymnopis

Adult Size: 14 and 16 inches

Life Expectancy: 50 years

Origin and History

This white cockatoo is native to Australia and southern New Guinea. The bird was first described and cataloged by English ornithologist John Gold in 1843.

Their preferred habitat in the wild spans from dry deserts to coastal plains; they seldom thrive in dense woods. Bare-eyed cockatoos can also be found in urban and rural regions. They are so common that they have become a nuisance.


With a reputation for being goofy and clownish, the bare-eyed cockatoo usually is a very social bird that loves to play and interact with its owners.

Bare-eyed cockatoos are intelligent and sociable companions for experienced bird keepers who want a cockatoo but don't have the space to keep one of the larger types. These birds are capable of learning tricks and like hanging upside down.

Cockatoos are notorious for being difficult to manage because of their reputation as a "velcro bird" (sticking to their owners). Many owners, on the other hand, adore this adorable trait; it's a delightfully friendly bird that will even snuggle with you.

Speech and Vocalizations

This type of cockatoo is the best at imitating human speech. A bare-eyed cockatoo is known to spontaneously duplicate the voice patterns of all family members. While cockatoos are recognized for being one of the loudest parrots, these little corellas are quieter.

Bare-Eyed Cockatoo Colors and Markings

Bare-eyed cockatoos are primarily all white with touches of salmon-pink on their faces. They have horn-colored beaks and bare, gray-blue patches around their eyes.

Males and females are identical, though males are slightly larger in stature and also have somewhat larger eye patches. To be sure of the sex, genetic or surgical sexing is required.

Caring for a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

Despite being less demanding than bigger cockatoos, the bare-eyed cockatoo is nevertheless best suited for an owner who desires a continuous companion. If they feel ignored, these birds want social connection with their owners and may turn to destructive behavior. You should spend at least 3 hours every day with your bird.

Get the biggest feasible, as with all birds. It will require a medium or large enclosure with dimensions of at least 2 feet wide, 3 feet long, and 4 feet tall. Even if you provide it with a large cage, your cockatoo will want lots of time outside the enclosure for play, exercise, and your attention. Your bare-eyed cockatoo will insist on communicating with you since you are its flock.

Cockatoos all produce a powder down that is used for preening and helps to keep their feathers and skin healthy. People with allergies or those who are sensitive to dust or animal dander may not be able to live with a cockatoo.

The bare-eyed cockatoo benefits from weekly baths to keep its skin healthy and plumage shiny. Carefully dry the bird in a warm room after bathing it.

If you clip its wings, do so only on the primary feathers so it can easily fly and glide around the house. This bird prefers to be out and about rather than remaining confined to its cage. 

Common Health Problems

Psittacosis, a disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci, is quite common among cockatoos. Lethargy, ocular discharge, and respiratory issues are some of the symptoms. If your bird acquires psittacosis, antibiotics will be required.

Vitamin supplements, as well as enough fruits and vegetables and a high-quality pellet meal, can help cockatoos avoid nutritional deficits. Because cockatoos are prone to gaining weight, they should be fed a low-fat diet; otherwise, they risk getting fatty liver disease.

The most prevalent cockatoo concerns are overall malaise and behavior issues, which develop when birds do not receive enough attention and engagement with their owners. Unwanted habits, like as or frequent screaming, indicate that your bird requires more care.

Diet and Nutrition

In the wild, blue-eyed cockatoos are mostly ground feeders but sometimes eat in the trees and shrubbery. They like seeds, insects, fruits, and nectar. 

At least half of your cockatoo's feed should consist of a high-quality designed pellet mix. Include leafy greens, root vegetables, and fresh fruit in your bare-eyed cockatoo's diet. Nuts like almonds and walnuts can be used as training snacks, but they are heavy in fat, so use them sparingly.

Begin by providing your bird with 1/4 cup of pellets and 1/4 cup of fruits and veggies on a regular basis. As required, increase the quantity. Chocolate and avocado are poisonous to birds, so don't feed them. Fresh drinking water should, of course, be available at all times.


All cockatoos, even bare-eyed cockatoos, require a lot of exercise. Allow this bird at least 3 to 4 hours of supervised playing every day outside of the cage, including social interaction with you.

Toys should be available to encourage independent play. It can control its own activity time with plenty of toys and an interesting play gym. Wooden toys, as well as those made of leather and robust hemp twine or plastic rope, will provide an outlet for the bird to use its considerable energy reserves. Ladders and swings will also help engage your cockatoo and give it some cerebral activity.

You will need to supervise its outside-of-cage time. This bird's curious nature may lead to chewing on electric wires or other parts of your house that may appear interesting but are hazardous.

  • Social, affectionate, and even, cuddly

  • One of the best speaking cockatoos

  • Can learn to do tricks

  • Can be noisy, not well-suited for apartments

  • Requires at least 3 to 4 hours of supervised out-of-cage time

  • Emits a powdery down that can aggravate allergies

Where to Adopt or Buy the Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

A trustworthy breeder or adoption organisation can help you find a bare-eyed cockatoo. Contact to see if you may see them and their birds before choosing on a bare-eyed cockatoo. Knowing someone who has raised these unusual birds might help you determine whether they are suited for you. These birds cost between $1,000 and $2,000 each.

Some online sources where you can find bare-eyed cockatoos include:

  • Birds Now
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Rescue the Birds

Make sure the bird you choose to bring home is awake, active, and shows all the marks of good health, such as bright eyes, clean feathers, and full crops.

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