random attacks by cockatoo

i have just reacently gotten a new cockatoo and befor he came home he was perfect and i could do anything with him. now that he is here though when ever he is out of his cage he will start hoping around crest up and randomly chase everyone attacking there legs, even me.. why is he doing that?? is it because he is scared??

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Sep 06, 2011
Cockatoo attacking people
by: Tracie

Please read the training articles on our Parrot Training page and also either research or purchase a book on caring for cockatoos soon.

Sep 05, 2011
random attacks by cockatoo
by: Linda

Hopefully, you've had the large birds before and this one is not your first big bird. If this is your first big bird, then you are in trouble and will have to seek professional help in training your bird.

Birds sense when we are afraid of them, and if the bird is larger, and we have no experience with larger birds, then he will continue to attempt to intimidate you and can cause some very severe injuries that require a hospital emergency room.

So, the first thing you need to do is to take bird to be examined by an Avian Vet to see if there is a physical cause for this like he's sick or has pain somewhere in his body. Have Avian Vet do some bloodwork to see how organs are functioning and tests to see if there are viral or bacterial infections present.

once this is done, you can find some training information on this site, and you may have to also consult with a parrot behavior expert which you can also find on the internet. The other way to go is to contact the people you got bird from and see if they also had this problem. I'd do this anyway to cover all the bases. Ask the Avian Vet if they know of someone who is trained in parrot behavior.

If your bird is older, he could have been in one or more abusive homes. If this has happened, the Cockatoos are very susceptible to mental illness due to chronic abuse in the form of being hit, kicked, starved or having things thrown at them including hot water. I know this sounds horrible, and it is. These birds CAN BE HELPED, so find out from his last owner how he acted at their house.

So, to sum up, you have to take him to be examined by only an Avian Vet. If he is sick, they will give you meds to make him well. If he is not sick, then you have to start looking at what you can find out about his past and then find a professional person trained in parrot behavior. The Avian Vet may be a great help with this, so don't be afraid to ask.

I'm so sorry you are experiencing this with your Too, and as I said above, if you are not experienced with the big birds, then you are going to have find someone who has experience to help you.

Let us know how it goes, and be careful around your bird because parrots are ALL exotic wild animals, and if they have been abused, they can become extremely aggressive and dangerous. Keep in touch, and get moving on helping your bird and your family.


Sep 05, 2011
attacking cockatoo
by: Anonymous

This sounds to me as if your new cockatoo is pushing to see how far he can go with you. I have 6 cockatoos and believe me they can be a handful sometimes, lol. This is also the moulting and breeding season for the cockatoos.

My suggestion is give him a time out for 5 minutes in his cage.

Or if you have another cage, which would be better. I hate giving mine time out in their cages, as that is where they go to bed at night.

HOpe this helps.

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