Do Cockatoos Like Music? {Sounds They Like & Hate}

I always have music on when I’m home. I wonder if my cockatoo hates me for it. Do cockatoos like music?

Do they have a preference for a certain type of music? How can I tell if they like it?

In this article, I’ll try different styles of music and explain what cockatoos like to hear and what they hate.

Do Cockatoos Like Music?

Yes. Cockatoos can appreciate music and have different reactions to it.

  • Cockatoos could be more drawn to energetic or rhythmic music while others might like classical or serene tones.
  • They can imitate or vocalize along with music, displaying their vocal skills or swaying to the beat.
  • Music may entertain and enlighten cockatoos, as well as providing emotional stimulation and aid with boredom.
  • Cockatoos can build a favorable reaction to music by connecting it with pleasurable events like playfulness or social contact.

Why Do Cockatoos Bob to Music?

Cockatoos have a natural tendency to react to sound, which is why when they hear music with a recognizable beat, they may bob their heads or bodies.

Bobbing to music might be an indication of these two things:

  1. The music may fascinate cockatoos, and their bobbing behavior may be an outward sign of their delight.
  2. When showing their interest or enthusiasm to other birds or even their human partners, cockatoos may use the social signal of head bobbing.

What Music Do Cockatoos Like?

Cockatoos may react positively to these three aspect of music:

  1. Beats
  2. Melodies
  3. Personal Taste

1. Beats

Cockatoos are frequently attracted to music with an energetic and rhythmic beat. Their attention might be drawn by songs with  repeating patterns.

2. Melodies

Cockatoos can sing, thus they can enjoy melodic and vocal elements in music. They may get interested in songs with appealing melodies, singing, or whistling, and may even mimic or participate.

3. Personal Taste

Depending on their personal tastes, cockatoos may demonstrate interest in a variety of musical genres, from classical to pop. Finding out what type of music they prefer may be done by experimenting with various types and watching how they react.

Not all cockatoos so modify the music properly to fit each bird’s own preferences.

Why Does My Parrot Scream When I Play Music?

I hate when this happens and I’ve adjusted the following accordingly to help stop my cockatoo from screaming when I play music. Here are 3 reasons:

  1. Loud volumes: Because parrots have delicate hearing, loud music might overwhelm them and make them uncomfortable, which can result in screaming.
  2. New noises: Your parrot may vocalize displeasure or protest if some musical genres or instruments generate sounds that are novel to them or even unpleasant.
  3. To get your attention: Due to their intelligence and social nature, parrots may scream in order to get the attention of or engage with their human friends. If they see that yelling produces a reaction, they could keep doing it.

Some parrots may have a particular emotional reaction to a particular style of music. For instance, if the music stirs up a strong emotional response or brings to mind a distressing even, they may scream.

Excessive screaming can be reduced by creating a serene and pleasant atmosphere and by rewarding desired responses.

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Do Cockatoos Like When You Sing to Them?

Most cockatoos like it when their owners sing to them. It helps with:

Bonding and focus: Singing to your cockatoo may deepen your relationship and give them the attentiveness they so frequently want.

Mimicry: The capacity of cockatoos to replicate sounds, such as human speech and musical notes, is well recognized. They may express themselves more vocally and interact with you more if you sing to them.

Positive reinforcement: Cockatoos are clever birds. They can be delighted and made to feel good by singing since it stimulates their minds and ears.

Comfort and familiarity: Cockatoos may relate their owner’s singing to happy memories and a sense of safety. It could produce a comforting and familiar atmosphere for them.

The body language and emotions of your cockatoo should, however, be carefully observed. It’s advisable to stop singing or pick an alternative way to communicate with them if they exhibit indications of tension, discomfort, or agitation.

Why Do Cockatoos Puff Up To Music?

Cockatoos may flutter their feathers in reaction to music. Here’s why I believe this happens to my cockatoo:

1. Excitement

Puffing up can be an indication of excitement and pleasure in cockatoos. The melodies and rhythmic pulses of music may arouse their senses and produce a favorable reaction.

2. Emotional expression

Cockatoos may also display their feelings by puffing up. It can mean that the music has made them happy, at ease, or even aroused.

3. Physical reaction

Cockatoos can manipulate their feathers, and puffing up can aid in controlling their body temperature. A physiological reaction brought on by music may cause feather fluffing.

4. Look at me!

Some cockatoos puffed out to attract attention to themselves. When they act in this way, they can be requesting attention, praise, or rewards from their owners.

Can Cockatoos Understand Rhythm?

Yes. Cockatoos can perceive and comprehend rhythm to a certain extent. They have the ability to imitate rhythmic rhythms and patterns through vocalizations as well as by tapping their feet or beaks in time to music.

In reaction to music, cockatoos frequently make:

  • rhythmic body movements
  • dance
  • bobbing their heads
  • swaying
  • hopping in time with the beat

They have acute hearing and can recognize and distinguish between numerous musical tones, pitches, and rhythms.

Cockatoos display an appreciation for rhythm and may react to it in their own special ways, despite the fact that they may not have the same degree of rhythmic sense as humans.

What Sounds Do Cockatoos Hate?

Cockatoos can have unique acoustic preferences and sensitivities. There are certain typical noises that may be uncomfortable or disturbing for cockatoos, These may consist of:

  • abrupt, loud noises
  • automobile horns
  • alarms
  • high-pitched screaming sounds
  • blenders
  • vacuum cleaners
  • continuous noises

Pay attention to your cockatoo’s behavior and body language to learn which noises may stress or frighten them.


Cockatoos are known to like and interact with music, demonstrating their excitement by dancing, bobbing, and vocalization.

They may have preferences for certain genres or melodies and exhibit a range of emotional responses to various forms of music.

Certain noises or levels may overstimulate or upset certain cockatoos, causing stress or discomfort.


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