Can a Cockatoo and an Amazon have chicks
by Bob D
Just found this blog today and I think it's a great site with a lot of information but I have a few questions I couldn't find answers for. I have a red tailed Amazon parrot named Bruce that I have had for 3 years, Don't know its age or its sex, I was told by the first owner it was a male.
Bruce has great manors, I keep his cage door open most of the day. He will step-up and hang out on your shoulder, fly over and steel a little dinner when I am eating, and return back to his cage if you tell him to "go home".
Two months ago we adopted a 30 year old male Cockatoo. At first he was a little shy. He would stand back in his cage. After two weeks he started to warm up to my wife, and let her open his door. He would come up to her and let her pet his head and take snacks from her hand. At that point we let the two birds meet.
It took a little time, but the little bird (Bruce) started going into the Cockatoo's cage, and they got along fine. Bruce showed the cockatoo how to come out and go on top of his cage.
Now here's where it gets weird.
Last week the little bird started regurgitating and feeding the bigger bird. The cockatoo has started mounting the Amazon (makes me think that Bruce is Barbara)and the behavior of both birds is starting to change (for the worse) We can't keep them apart, Bruce won't hang out with us and makes a bee line back to the cockatoo's cage.
If both birds are out of there cages, The cockatoo will stand on top of his cage, with wings out and his crown up and scream. he won't let my wife touch him and will lunge at me if I come to close to his cage.
So the ques. is. Can a Cockatoo and a Amazon have chicks ? Should we keep the birds apart or will the bad behavior get better down the road ? Were can I get Info on a nesting box, the right size, and how to use it ?
Thank you for helping out the new guy.
Bob D from New Jersey