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Soji Parrot Cockatoo Alexander, NC

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium


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Meet Soji

The best way to learn more about our birds is to complete our parrot match application, found under the "Adoption" tab on our website, The nice volunteer who monitors PetFinders inquiries cannot tell you about specific individuals.

SOJI is a 21 year old male sulphur crested cockatoo. Soji flies well, but he's mostly a hopper - he busily hops from perch to perch, or all over the aviary ground. Many cockatoos are natural ground feeders, but we have to be careful about this in our homes - as birds on the floor can easily get hurt or into trouble chasing people or other pets. Nothing is absolute, but we're thinking Soji would do best in a home with one person. If you think he's cool, and he thinks your cool too, he's very receptive to a relationship. Soji enjoys unshelled walnuts and pistachios as his big reward,

Male cockatoos are generally boisterous, loud, high energy, and unpredictable. They need homes committed o understanding behavior (flock behavior, positive reinforcement, never try to snuggle, the ability to keep them BUSY, etc)?

Cockatoos usually do best in a home with other birds (cockatoos preferably), so they don’t depend completely on people, and become dysfunctionally attached to you.  This is what leads to some problems (screaming, latching on and biting hard, etc). 

Like all cockatoos and parrots, he also needs a home that is NOT interested in a cockatoo or parrot to snuggle. Some mistakenly believe cockatoos are naturally snuggly. Snuggling a cockatoo can lead to behavioral and physical problems, so they should not be pet anywhere other than their heads. (No petting down the back, under wings, etc. This is sexually stimulating and can lead to increased hormone production, decreasing the calcium in their bones, hyperactive egg laying, screaming, feather damaging behavior, cloacal/vent prolapse, or chasing/attacking other family members (because a pair bond is formed with an individual, and certain times of the year they want to go off my themselves to raise a family, so may attack other household members to drive them away)). Mammals like dogs or cats are better matches for homes interested in a companion animal with whom to snuggle.

So, if you are obsessed with positive reinforcement training, enrichment, are high energy, want more than one bird, and are up for a challenge - male cockatoos are for you! 

Interested in learning more about Soji?

Our process: After you complete our online core class (recommended for anyone!) you will be connected with the adoption coordinator for your area. Attending one of our core parrot care classes is also required in order to adopt a parrot. A list of them may be found at Those classes that count as part of the adoption process are noted with an icon beside their title.

Phoenix Landing offers educational classes and facilitates parrot adoptions in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and northern Florida. Phoenix Landing does not ship birds.

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  • Adult
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