From Matthew Barrier a LinkedIn connection
yo Mitch whats a good bird for a family with little children. ive heard of stories of cockatoos i think umbrella’s crawling up into bed with little children and snuggling…
anyways would love to hear your thoughts… 2 yr old and 13 yr old
Hi Matthew – Cockatoos can be the best of pet birds, affectionate, smart and playful. That said they can be VERY loud (click here for a real 135 db Mouluccan Cockatoo ear blast) and cockatoos are highly destructive which is why the majority of caged bird keepers fail. Read this thread for a list of household items destroyed by a a pair of TOO’s
they can easily pierce skin and break bones
the best bird to start with is a single parakeet. – they’re smart and make great talkers. They can also be trained to a high level skillset as shown by Norm Barrett .
they are small birds with small brains. if you can handle the noise and mess of a Budgie multiply that by 100 when thinking about a cockatoo.
hope that helps