Yet, I found a video of a man holding a prolonged 'dialogue' with a cockatoo who has been taught to imitate a common vulgarity. And, so, the man continues to 'take offense' at the bird on his shoulder. This is supposed to be amusing. However, in fact, the bird is in a state of alarm.
What should the bird be doing? Wild white cockatoos are found in the South Moluccan Islands, east of Borneo, west of New Guinea. They are found in forests, below a level of 600 meters above the turquoise seas of their homeland. They spend most of their time in the wind-ruffled treetops, dining on arboreal fruits and seeds, but they have been seen peeling back bark and checking epiphytic plants as though looking for insect larvae. This is a diet far removed from what their captive brethren are fed.
They nest in hollows in large trees high above the ground, incubating two to four eggs for just less than a month, when the eggs hatch. The parents take turns sitting on the eggs, and then caring for the young for up to two months. That is how the babies are meant to be-not taken from their parents to be 'tamed' or 'imprinted' as living toys for the amusement and enjoyment of humans who think it is funny to teach a bird to imitate human phrases.