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The Cockatoo Specialist

John McGrath
Australian Capital Territory 2600
M0408 268 173
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   I started with birds like a lot of people hand raising Rosellas and Magpies that my parents bought home to me on the family farm. I was introduced to the New South Wales Bird Show Circuit as a kid through meeting members of the Yass Bird Club, those connections broaden my knowledge of the birds available in Aviculture as well at that time my Contact Networking began, some of the people that befriended me in those early days of the 1960s I am still in contact with today.



For Sale 2017 bred Cockatoo Chicks 

Corellas in the following subspecies; 

NT Short Billed, WA Long Billed cocks and Muirs WA Long Billed cock-all large and intelligent cockatoos, making them excellent pets or aviary birds. 

Kuhli Galahs-petite little Northern Territory Galahs that will make excellent pets or breeding birds. 
Gang Gang cock, parent raised, stainless steel rung, he will sit on my hand and lay on his back in my hand.
2015 Fitzroy Sulphur Crested Cockatoo cock. 2015 bred Kuhli Galah hens.
Above 2017 bred birds certified surgically sexed 23rd January 2018 by Dr Michael Cannon and tested for PBFD certified free by MDS Australia. 

All my aviary bred cockatoos are stainless steel CR. 

Other similar corellas bred by me available, WA Long Billed cock and hen, NT Short Billed Corellas Muirs Corella hens.

Southern Western Long Bill Corella (Muirs) (Pastinator pastinator) cocks SR SS 

Cockatoo Pairs Fitzroy Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Eastern Long Billed Corellas, WA Galahs call for details. 

I will swap any of the above cockatoos for any of the cockatoos in my wanted list below. Pick up conditions apply or air freight, Australia wide at your cost, including freight and freight box. 

I will be attending Orange Bird Sale with my cockatoos 3rd March 2018


Cape York Cockatoos; Short Billed Corella hens Sanguinea normantoni, Cape York Sulphur Crested Cockatoo subspecies Galerita queenslandica. 

Genuine Cape York Galahs 

True Western Australian Galahs-I am particularly interested in the inland “Black-eyed” hen subspecies of Galah No inter subspecies Galah hybrids please 

Reminder No texts or emails please. 

NSW BKL 0732
Phone John 0408268173

About Us

I have been involved in Aviculture practically all my life, starting pre to my 6th Birthday, with various species of rosellas and cockatoos, aswell as hand raising magpies
  • Therefore I have accumulated over 50 years of experience with Aviculture, working with and being successful in breeding many species of both Australian and Exotic parrots/cockatoos as I have also done with many species of finches, again both Australian and Exotic species

  • For in excess of 35 years I have concentrated on the subspecies of Australian White Cockatoo and the Gang Gang Cockatoo.

  • In that period I have been successful in captive breeding 12 of 13 of the recognised Australian White Cockatoo subspecies, 16 subspecies in total including the three Cape York subspecies of White Cockatoos I have yet to breed the Normantoni Short Billed Corella Sanguinea normantoni, Cape York Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Galerita queenslandica aswell as the Cape York Galah variant.

  • 2013 saw me hatch two new subspecies WA Short Billed Corella Sanguinea westralensis which I successfully parent raised a chick and the Red Crested Major Mitchell Lopchocroa leadbeateri mollis unfortunately I lost this chick.

Why choose my birds?

I only sell birds that I have bred unless otherwise stated.

My birds are all closed rung in the nest with my individual personalised rings, I do this to identify that I actually breed my chicks and that the babies are not wild taken, I am very particular were any incoming birds come from and on arrival every bird is crop drenched for worms, and then kept in complete quarantine/isolation from all my aviary stock until such time as the new bird is disease blood tested and cleared for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease in particular!

Many cheap cockatoo chicks that come onto the market around Christmas every year are often wild taken, may not be fully weaned, and very likely carrying diseases such as PBFD and Psittacosis.

Points to note.
  1. My birds are individually closed rung in nest; I have diary notes from the day that the egg is laid, the chick hatched aswell as the day when I take the chicks for hand raising.

  2. I “DO NOT SELL UNWEANED BIRDS” because as far as my research allows me that practice is illegal in every Australian State and Territory. In my years of Avicultural Experience I have found that any cockatoo that I sell no matter the age will settle in with any new household where the new owner has the experience and or expertise to handle a bird with the “will of an Australian Cockatoo”.
    All my cockatoo chicks are weaned onto foods such as a quality soaked/sprouted seed mix, chopped vegetables, thawed frozen vegetables aswell as a wide variety of green foods including green seeding grass heads and domestic vegetables like spinach/silver beet, Bok Choy, broccoli etc
    All well before introduction to hard seed. I only feed my flock on a quality small parrot mix as a hard seed supplement; the “green/soft” additives continue tobe offered throughout the life of the birds.

  3. I pride myself on working with a diseased free and in an almost completely closed flock of Australian Cockatoos.

  4. Any cockatoo that I sell is mandatory crop drenched with the correct crop wormer prior to sale.

Presentations, Conventions, Articles and Australian Avicultural Societies.


For many years I have written articles on my work with aviculture and general observations of nature, many have been printed by Avicultural Societies across Australia; I have been fortunate to have been invited by several overseas Avicultural Publications to have my work printed by them.
Therefore my work has been printed in countries such as The United States of America, Canada and the Netherlands aswell as in the Czech Republic.

Australian Avicultural Societies

I hold membership to Avicultural Societies, in states as diverse as New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, Tasmania aswell as Western Australia.
I have been involved with the Avicultural Society of Canberra Inc. for thirty years since 1983, during that time I have been a committee person then later served as Vice President and I resigned as President this year on the 15th November. I have been honoured there with Life Membership.


Over the years I have been able to develop two, main Power Point Presentations, after many years where I had only done slide presentations.
The two Power Point Presentations that I have evolved are;
  1. Australian White Cockatoo Subspecies- where I am able to explain the differences between the subspecies of Australian White Cockatoos, in many cases even though my audience may consist of accomplished avicultualists in their own field, they are often astounded to find that Australia has so many subspecies of White Cockatoos were often generally there is only a local bird recognised.

  2. Gang Gang Cockatoos- where I am able to present as many of the details that I have been fortunate to have witnessed in my aviaries. I am able to show differing stages of growth of a Gang Gang chick from pipping right through hatch to fledge, I have been fortunate to have filmed fledged chicks being fed by the parents, aswell as some unique feeding behaviour of this cockatoo. I have continually kept this unique Australian Cockatoo in my aviaries in a from the Autumn of 1978, in that period I held the original hen purchased then, right through until her death on the 14th December 2012, a period of over 34 years. She had four differing mates in that time and I have been able to breed Gang Gangs to second generation aviary breeding on three separate occasions

Where I have been invited todo presentations.
  • Over the years in Australia I have been fortunate to have been invited by Avicultural Societies todo these Presentations in all Eastern States, from Queensland down to Tasmania.

  • In May 2013 I was invited todo both presentation to the Dutch Parrot Symposium on the 26th of that month, then on the 29th May 2013 I was invited to join a special group of elite Dutch/Belgium Avicultualists on a special Meets and Greets Day organised by Thiely Demoor and Caroline Trass, two highly respected organisers of the Dutch Parrot Symposium.
    After an excellent day of inspecting some fantastic aviary collections and sightseeing, including some via horse drawn carriage.
    The Meets and Greets Day culminated that night in me doing a combined presentation of my two main presentations, thanks to the quick Power Point work of Thiely Demoor, the presentation was subtitled in Dutch. Therefore the combined presentation was on Gang Gangs and Australian White Cockatoo subspecies was delivered over dinner at the restaurant owned by one of the avicultualists that I had inspected the facilities of that day.

I have solely concentrated on breeding the subspecies of Australian White Cockatoos since the late 1970s.
Having captive bred 13 of the 16 subspecies of the Australian White Cockatoo subspecies.
I believe in stainless steel close ringing all my cockatoo chicks to differentiate them from cheaper wild taken cockatoo chicks, my birds are hand raised, certified surgically sexed by an Avian Veterinarian and from now forward will come with a PCR test for PBFD

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