Cockatude 15: How not to turn your bird into a cruise missile
I once overheard an employee of a bird store telling a doctor and his wife: "This cockatoo will always be loving a friendly like this." Whether she did this out of ignorance of the true nature of cockatoos or as a sales ploy to sell the baby bird I don't know. What I do know is that adolescent birds improperly raised -- just petting anywhere under the neck can do it -- often develop mate territoriality. That can lead to biting, screaming, and other behaviors. In this episode I tell the story of Sal, a former cruise missile, and how I helped him to control his mating urge. I also examine how to avoid creating this serious problem in the first place.