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Glossy black cockatoo for sale

Glossy black cockatoo

Bird Species:Glossy black cockatoo

Sounds: Vocal,  Mimics, Natural calls
Interaction: Social, Fun,
Specie :Glossy black cockatoo
​Age : 3 to 10    Months old
​Sex : Male and Female
​Vaccinated : Yes
​Tamed : Yes
Sex : Male / Female available

Description

The Glossy Black Cockatoo: A Rare and Striking Avian Companion

The Glossy black cockatoo for sale is an unusual parrot endemic to Australia. With their jet black plumage and bright red tail bands, these cockatoos have a dramatic look. While rarer in aviculture, the Glossy can be an engaging pet for experienced owners.

Origins of the Glossy Black Cockatoo

Found in the forested regions of Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, the Glossy Black Cockatoo has always been limited in the wild. Habitat loss has reduced their numbers over the years.

Export of wild-caught Glossies was banned in the 1960s. Since then, aviculturists have worked to establish a stable captive population. Still, the Glossy remains one of the less common cockatoos seen as pets.

Typical Glossy Black Cockatoo Temperament

Glossy black cockatoo for sale are intelligent, quieter birds compared to their white cockatoo cousins. They can be gentle and affectionate with owners they bond with.

However, Glossies tend to be one-person birds. They may become defensive towards strangers or other pets. Glossies require regular handling from a young age to become well-socialized as adults.

Owners describe them as inquisitive, comical and mischievous at times. But their more sensitive nature means they don’t do well with loud households. Gentle training is required to prevent problem behaviors.

Speech and Vocal Ability

Glossy Black Cockatoos have a soft, whispery call completely unlike their raucous white relatives. They can learn to mimic some words and sounds with dedicated training.

However, speech is not their strong suit – they tend to remain relatively quiet birds. Their whispery vocalizations are part of their subtle charm.

Striking Black Plumage

The Glossy Black Cockatoo’s plumage is jet black with tiny white flecks throughout their feathers. Bright red tail bands provide a striking contrast to the black.

Their rounded crest is narrow and they have bare yellow patches of skin around their eyes. Their large dark bill is adapted for cracking hard seeds. Glossies are slightly smaller than other cockatoo species.

Caring for a Glossy Black Cockatoo

To keep a Glossy Black Cockatoo healthy and happy:

  • Give them a large cage filled with toys, perches, and enrichment activities
  • Provide pellets, fresh fruits/veggies, nuts, seeds, and calcium sources daily
  • Allow supervised time flying in a bird-safe room each day
  • Shower or mist bath regularly
  • Give them focused one-on-one time and training daily
  • Schedule annual wellness visits with an avian veterinarian

With excellent care, Glossy Black Cockatoos can live 50-60 years. They are a long commitment.

Common Health Concerns

Like other cockatoos, Glossy Blacks may suffer from:

  • Feather picking or self-mutilation
  • Respiratory infections
  • Obesity if fed a poor diet
  • Stress-related issues like screaming
  • Reproductive problems in females

Preventing these issues relies on an excellent diet, proper cage setup, and monitoring their behavior. Be prepared for high avian vet bills.

Diet and Nutrition Needs

Glossy Black Cockatoos thrive on:

  • High quality pelleted base diet
  • Chopped vegetables and fruits
  • Nutritious nuts, seeds, sprouted grains
  • Calcium-rich foods like kale

Avoid excess fatty seeds or sugary fruits. Ensure they have clean water always available.

Exercise Requirements

Glossy Black Cockatoos are active, playful birds. Daily exercise prevents obesity and behavioral problems:

  • Allow them free flight time to stretch their wings
  • Rotate new toys into their enclosure regularly
  • Engage them mentally with foraging activities and training sessions
  • Give them opportunities to chew and shred wood toys

An active Glossy is a happy, engaged pet bird.

Where to Find a Glossy Black Cockatoo

Very few avian breeders work with Glossy Black Cockatoos due to their specialized needs and rarity. Adoption may be possible through bird rescues.

Expect to be put on a waiting list to obtain a hand-raised baby. Vet checks, quarantines, and health guarantees are a must with any newly acquired parrot.

Make sure you fully understand the responsibility and commitment involved before obtaining this sensitive species.

Frequently Asked Questions About Glossy Black Cockatoos as Pets

Are Glossy Black Cockatoos good companion birds?

In the right environment with an experienced owner, Glossies can be loving, entertaining companions. But their sensitive nature means they don’t adapt well to all homes.

How much does a pet Glossy Black Cockatoo cost?

Expect to pay $1,500 to $3,000 for a captive bred Glossy Black Cockatoo. They are still rare in aviculture so prices remain high.

What’s their temperament like?

Glossies tend to bond strongly with one person. They can be gentle but may be nippy and defensive with unfamiliar people. Early socialization is critical. They prefer calm environments.

What’s their expected lifespan?

With excellent care and nutrition, Glossy Black Cockatoos can live 50-60 years or more in captivity. This extremely long commitment must be carefully considered.

Are Glossy Black Cockatoos loud?

No, Glossies are generally very quiet and whispery compared to other cockatoo species. They can be taught some speech but vocalizations are minimal.

Can Glossy Black Cockatoos be housed with other birds?

Glossies tend to prefer being the sole bird in a home. They may become aggressive towards other pets, especially unfamiliar cockatoos. It’s best to house them separately.

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