Bare-Eyed Cockatoos

Bare Eyed Cockatoo
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Common Names:

Bare-Eyed Cockatoo, Little Corella Cockatoo.

Scientific Name:

Cacatua sanguineat.




The Bare-Eyed Cockatoo is normally between 14 and 16 inches long from the beak to the tip of the tailfeathers.

Average Lifespan:

Bare-Eyed Cockatoos can live for up to 50 years, and beyond in some case.


With a reputation for being goofy and clownish, the Bare-Eyed Cockatoo is normally a very social bird that loves to play and interact with its owners.

Intelligent and friendly, Bare-Eyed Cockatoos make excellent pets for experienced bird owners who would like a Cockatoo but don't have the space to keep a larger Cockatoo species.


Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are primarily white with touches of salmon-pink on their faces. They have horn colored beaks and bare, gray patches around their eyes.


Cockatoos are prone to weight gain, so they should be fed a diet low in fat. Offer a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo  a wide variety of a fresh vegetable mix that includes leafy green produce as well as root vegetables. Fresh fruit is  welcome and healthy addition to their diet as well as nuts such as almonds and walnuts. A formulated pelleted diet should also be on hand and available to your cockatoo. Fresh drinking water should be available at all times as well. 


Bare-Eyed Cockatoos, like all Cockatoos, need plenty of exercise. If you want a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo, you should make sure that you have time to give it a minimum of 3 to 4 hours of supervised play time outside of the cage each day.

On top of needing a chance to exercise and stretch their wings, Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are very social birds that need this daily time with their owners in order to successfully thrive.

Providing toys to these birds is very important and teaching them that toys are a fun part of their lives will make a huge difference in her quality of life as well as your own.

Cockatoos need to learn to play independently and toys and activities that they can engage in on their own will reinforce her independence as well as giving you some much needed time. Toys will stimulate and enrich her life as well as introducing her to something that is fun to do on her own. Wooden toys as well as toys made of leather and sturdy hemp twine or plastic rope will give her an outlet for all of that energy. Ladders and swings will also help to engage your cockatoo and give her some exercise.

Bare-Eyed Cockatoos as Pets:

The Bare-Eyed Cockatoos may not be the prettiest parrots in the world, but they more than make up for it in personality. Sweet, playful, and intelligent, Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are becoming more and more popular as pets in the homes of bird lovers everywhere. While cockatoos are probably one of the most difficult birds to keep due to their reputation as a "velcro bird," if you have the time and determination to ensure plenty of attention to these birds, you will have a wonderful companion.

Smaller than most other Cockatoo Species, Bare-Eyed Cockatoos are a great choice for people that want the personality of a larger parrot, but don't have the space to accommodate one.

As with all birds, the larger the cage the better. But despite a large cage, your cockatoo will need plenty of time outside their enclosure for play , exercise and attention from you and your family. You are their flock and they want to be with you and interact with you. 

If you're looking for a bird that will be your constant companion, then a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo may be the right bird for you. These birds crave social interaction with their owners and can resort to destructive behaviors if they feel neglected. Make sure that you have plenty of time to spend with your new bird before bringing a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo into your home.

If you think a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo might be right for you, contact local adoption organizations to see if you can visit their birds. Ask the adoption representative what they know about the species and how they take care of their own birds.

Doing plenty of research will help make sure that you find the best bird for your family.

Edited By: Patricia Sund