This is Charlie, a Corella Cockatoo, also known as a “Bare-Eyed Cockatoo” because of the bare skin around the eyes. This is normal for this species, as are the bags under his eyes that make him look perpetually insomniac.

Charlie is a rescued bird. My friend Cameron is currently caring for him — we bought him from a woman who did not know how to properly care for him and was not able to spend time with him (people who view birds as decoration rather than pets need to be slapped around a little).

Charlie’s diet had been very bad, consisting (we think) of seed inappropriate for his species, and people food like crackers. He was both malnourished and overweight, but Cam has him on a seed/pellet diet now, and his favorite fresh snack is bananas. The slight blue coloration has returned to his skin around his eyes, and he is starting to become more used to humans touching him (although still bites).

Yesterday I went to Cam’s house to help trim Charlie’s toenails, which were very overgrown and causing him some aggravation to the extent that he chewed on them. Two of the nails bled when cut, even though I cut very little off the tips. I applied some styptic swabs to stop the bleeding and alleviate any pain. The bird took it like a trooper, although he was rather pissed when we were done, and it took 20 minutes to get him out from under a piece of low furniture and back in his cage.

With time, the quick will recede as the nails wear down. He is due for a trip to the vet next week, and Cam will keep an eye on his feet to make sure his nails don’t get infected. He may also need a beak trim, and we will let the vet perform that if needed.

Otherwise he appears to be healthy, and he has a good personality. Currently he makes a nervous noise with his beak that I call “clicking”, that sounds like a small rattlesnake. With time he will be more comfortable around people.

All pictures were taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 digital camera.

6 Responses to “Birdblogging: Charlie the Corella Cockatoo”
  1. Holly says:

    Charlie rocks my striped toe-socks!

  2. Kyle Haight says:

    I gotta know — what the hell does that *mean*?

    Also, I need to test the new recent-comment thingy I put in the sidebar, so here’s a recent comment.

  3. Jeanette says:

    Charlie is beautiful. I have a female — Scoozie. She is about 5 and is such a sweetheart. I used to work from home but recently took a job which requires me to be in an office all day, every day. I get home at close to 7 each night and Scoozie is getting very lonely. I feel so bad for her but I won’t give her up unless I can find someone who will take good care of her, understands cockatoos and has the time to spend with her. She loves Beak Appetit and has it every night for dinner. She does bite but only when she thinks I’m going to put her back in her cage. Otherwise, she plays and loves to roll over on her back. I would miss her horribly but if you know of someone that may be interested that meets the requirements of a real cockatoo caretaker, I would do it for her sake. Please contact me at

  4. Vanessa says:

    wow, charlies on the internet, he must be famous now, ahahah bye

  5. mark says:

    go charlie

  6. Monique says:

    I have a moluccan cockatoo, and she never bites me, but she can be very obnoxious ,especially about things she may hear around the house.I love her so much but want to hear from other cockatoo owners on what to expects from her. She is a handful,but I wouldn’t give her up for the world. She does bite everyone but me,especially my mother!

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