Large White Cockatoo's are social flock animals that spend a majority of their day foraging for food with their flockmates. They call back and forth to their flock with a loud call. Their raucous personality relates directly to their principle foraging tactic that uses rapid destruction and a strong beak to find food.
With a large, muscular tongue, extremely strong beak and strong- dexterious feet Cockatoo's are destructive pets that need daily outlets for their high energy level.
Despite these characteristics, people flock to cockatoo's as pets due to their reputation for being cuddlers. To make long term care of these beautiful birds successful, you'll need to know a few things
Cockatoo's need heavy duty toys that promote chewing, foraging and digging and problem solving. Plan on offering your bird several reusable foraging toys that require time and problem solving to obtain nutritious food. In nature, these birds feed both on the ground and in trees. They can be seen digging out nutritious roots with their feet and beak or up in trees opening hard-shelled seed pods and nuts.
Foraging Toys for Large Parrots
Wood toys with holes drilled to hide nuts and dried fruits and vegetables provide a great outlet for the foraging needs of these birds. Get a Birdy Bracketset to turn an untreated 2x4 into a perch or affordable foraging toy. Drill holes in the 2x4 to hide nuts, toy parts or dried fruits. Highly dexterious, hide cut fresh vegetables for your parrot to find and use as a foot toy.
Cockatoo's need socialization and exercise. Plan on allowing your cockatoo out of its cage for supervised play at least once a day. Be aware that a cockatoo is a wood chewing buzz-saw. A great way to socialize and bond with your cockatoo is to create feeding rituals allowing the bird to eat during your meal time. Another great outlet for yoru intelligent bird is to teach it bird tricks. Due to their intelligent nature, Cockatoo's need mental stimulation in the form of bird training toys and fun interactive games.
Cockatoo's need a fairly consistent routine. Here is a great resource for planning your cockatoo care.