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What is a cockatoo's lifespan?

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I have never had a bird before, but I was wondering what a cockatoo's life span is?  

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Re: Bird Question

Hi there. The cockatoo's life span is 40–60 years in captivity! 

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Re: Bird Question

There is a cockatoo at a zoo in Chicago that turned 82 years old today!

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Re: Bird Question

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Hi hollyrustyriley

 

Wow that is amazing! Thanks for your interesting question; Cockatoos, large members of the parrot family, require a lot of attention and play time, and are known as one of the most affectionate and loving of all parrots. Here's an article with more information about the basic care of Cockatoo. Also, here's an article with tips on How to Choose the Right Bird For You. Let us know if you decide to get a bird!

 

 

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Re: Bird Question

The scientists/experts can only guess or guestimate!  The answers below are all correct in some respect!  Some sources state 40-60 years while others indicate 50-70 (in captivity).  The response about "Cookie" recently celebrating 82 years [and apparently "still ticking"] is TRUE, but this is likely to be an "exception case" (not indicative of incorrect earlier estimates -- which are "averages" anyway!).  What surprises me the most is how a bird with such a LONG life span can become "endangered"! 

 

PS  If The Community had not updated/changed its format, I probably would NOT have seen this question!

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