More about Jim and his mates

@JudyEv (283236)
Rockingham, Australia
August 4, 2022 8:04pm CST
I thought if I’m going to be responsible for the health and well-being of a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Jim, I should know a bit more about them. And, being a generous soul, I thought I’d share my new-found knowledge with you here. The sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is relatively large. It is white with lemon tints under the wings and tail and a bright yellow crest. They are 44–55 cm (17.5–21.5 in) long and weigh about 780 grams. In captivity, they live to 70 years or more. They are highly intelligent but can be raucous as pets. What is interesting is that they may eat clay to detoxify their food (geophagy). They also produce a fine powder which serves to waterproof their plumage. They are ground-feeders and in the wild, one or two will stay perched high in a tree to keep a lookout for predators while the others are feeding. Wikipedia says that ‘cocky’ has entered Australian slang referring to a person keeping guard at illegal gambling gatherings. To me, cocky is slang for a farmer. The photo is from Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Andrew Mercer ( CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Soon, I’ll have my own photos of a sulphur-crested cockatoo. Edit: As well as being slang for a farmer, several have pointed out that 'cocky' also means brash or over-confident. I did know that but forgot about it when I wrote the piece.
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@sallypup (49296)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Aug
There was a wonderful cop show that featured a cockatoo- the bird's name was Fred. It was called Beretta. It aired in the 70's, I believe. I'd love to observe the birds in their native habitat.
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@much2say (56041)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Aug
Oh Fred - I remember him!! I used to love Beretta!!
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@sallypup (49296)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Aug
@much2say Didn't Fred talk on the phone?
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
I don't remember that show. Perhaps it didn't air here. It must be interesting trying to film shows that involve animals.
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@FourWalls (45860)
• United States
5 Aug
Beautiful birds. Very intelligent, too. My cousin had one as a pet once upon a time.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
They are intelligent. Maybe I can teach him some tricks. He has already decided he'd like to know a bit more about Vince's hearing aids!
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@FourWalls (45860)
• United States
5 Aug
@JudyEv — some cockatoos can talk, so if Jim eats Vince’s hearing aids he may have to stand on Vince’s shoulder and repeat everything someone says!
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
@FourWalls We were teasing them that we'd try hard to teach him to swear.
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@rebelann (100077)
• El Paso, Texas
5 Aug
That is a beautiful bird. I hope the one you are going to take care of talks, that would make everything so much more fun.
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@rebelann (100077)
• El Paso, Texas
5 Aug
How funny, how do they keep him from flying away? Have you asked them?
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
@rebelann He has the feathers on one wing clipped so he can't fly properly.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
He doesn't talk but sometimes they take him on holidays and walk on the beach with him and he'll say hello to strangers.
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@jobelbojel (31476)
• Philippines
6 Aug
Thanks for the information.. I am amazed that this kind of bird can live longer. I hope we can see more photos of him.
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@jobelbojel (31476)
• Philippines
6 Aug
@JudyEv I hope I can see that. Have fun.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
I'll have a fortnight with him so hopefully I'll get lots of photos.
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@Hannihar (123010)
• Israel
5 Aug
@JudyEv I know about the latter meaning of cocky and what you said first. Thank you for sharing that with us. Are you excited to housesit and babysit Dixie and Jim?
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
Yes, I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a nice change for us.
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@Hannihar (123010)
• Israel
8 Aug
@JudyEv Enjoy it and I hope they will not give you trouble.
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• China
6 Aug
When I was in middle school, my English textbook was designed as stories of Green's family life. They have a pet named Polly, she always said:'No news is good news'
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
Polly used to be a really common name for parrots.
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• China
7 Aug
@JudyEv Yes, just like Lily, Lucy,Jack,Emily for British,or Lilei,Ligang,Zhangwei for Chinese.
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@BarBaraPrz (37645)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Aug
Cocky in these parts means boldly or brashly self-confident.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
Yes, it does here too but I forgot about it at the time.
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@snowy22315 (140708)
• United States
5 Aug
Interesting cockatoo facts
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
I didn't know about the waterproofing powder. I'll have to have a good look at Jim when we're there.
@much2say (56041)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Aug
They are so beautiful . . . it'll be neat to see your photos of Jim!
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@much2say (56041)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Aug
@JudyEv I have no doubt you will have many great pics !
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
We'll have two weeks to get perfect photos - well, that's what we're hoping.
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@RebeccasFarm (67765)
• United States
5 Aug
Yes many definitions for cocky alright. Isn't he a big bird!!
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• United States
5 Aug
@JudyEv Oh I bet I would not want to be anywhere near his beak
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
He is quite big but luckily he has been very gentle with us so far which was reassuring. I know they can give a very hard bite if they want to.
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@Juliaacv (68498)
• Canada
6 Aug
I used to have a doctor many years ago who had one in a cage in the back room. He was a loud bird when he had something on his mind that he needed to share.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
They do tend to squawk and screech a lot. It probably helps that this one has a big cage. The only time he made a bit of a noise was when he was on the verandah on his perch and he couldn't see us in the kitchen. So they moved the perch into the kitchen and he was perfectly happy.
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@Ronrybs (16009)
• London, England
5 Aug
Interesting that they take a collective responsibility for the safety of all. Not surprised it made its way into slang, but it must have changed meaning as we think it means over confident
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
We think brash and over-confident here too but I forgot about that meaning of it at the time. Meerkats have a lookout too I think.
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@Ronrybs (16009)
• London, England
5 Aug
@JudyEv Meerkats were my first thought too, on reading about lookouts
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@LindaOHio (99898)
• United States
5 Aug
Cocky to us in the US is boldly or brashly self-confident. I can't wait to hear about your adventures house-sitting these animals.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
I did know that meaning but forgot about it when I wrote. I hope we don't have too many adventures or at least not stressful ones.
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@LindaOHio (99898)
• United States
5 Aug
@JudyEv I'm looking forward to pictures!!!
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• United States
7 Aug
To me cocky is someone who thinks way too highly of themselves and their abilities. I've heard that they are very mischievous birds and cause damage to peoples homes and cars. The wild ones anyway. I just think they are so beautiful. I would love to visit your country just to see all the birds, and all the sites.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Aug
They like to chew things and they need to do this to keep their beaks from growing too long. Like many creatures, they have the best lives if they are simply left alone in the wild. I hope you get to Australia one day. I feel fortunate to live here.
@wolfgirl569 (58534)
• Marion, Ohio
5 Aug
You will have a lot of fun with him.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
I hope so and hopefully he will enjoy our interactions too.
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@Kandae11 (47253)
5 Aug
The crest gives it a regal look. What do they eat?
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
They eat nuts and seeds mainly - sunflower seeds in particular. They chew wood to keep their beak worn down so we have to make sure he doesn't start chewing on chairs or whatever.
@gtdoss (476)
5 Aug
I've always wondered what having a parrot or a cockatoo would be like. I don't like canaries in cages and like, but I might be okay with a big bird on a perch, especially if he/she was a rescue who couldn't really go back to the wild.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
It's awkward in a way, isn't it? In Australia, great flocks of budgerigars are found through the northern regions but the ones in households seem to adapt remarkably well.
@Beestring (3416)
• Hong Kong
5 Aug
Very interesting information about Jim.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
Thanks. And I'll learn even more about him soon.
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