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W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

This is Danny, my Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) and they are native to Australia and New Guinea. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos have quite a long life span and some have been known to live for up to 80 years in captivity, if properly cared for. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos have a reputation for being loud and noisy birds, but they are also known to be very sweet and affectionate companions if hand fed as babies. In general, these birds love attention and being handled.

Danny is now almost 8 years old and arrived here (in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) when he was 6 months old and although he has settled beautifully into our family routine, he made his preferences quite clear right from the beginning. Like the fact that he prefers cooked food over the normal sunflower seeds and nuts and he is particularly fond of his cooked oats which he has for breakfast every morning at about 9am. And if we’re not on time, that reputation for being noisy is heard all over our smallholding!

I don’t think Cockatoos are renowned for their speaking prowess but Danny knows a couple of words together with many sounds around the house that he mimicks. He just loves music and, when prompted, will do a little dance with lots of head-bobbing, flapping wings and hanging upside down from one of his sticks.

It’s a real problem in South Africa finding suitable toys for a cockatoo. Anything not strong enough is annihilated within minutes. I don’t know about cockatoos, but it is estimated that Macaws have a bite force of 200lbs per square inch. I’m sure Danny’s bite is pretty close as he finishes off a broom stick in a couple of hours. Luckily he has never displayed any biting habits, even under the most stressful conditions, like when I have to cut his toe nails. But I do use the necessary precautions when carrying out that duty, like wearing gloves, just in case!

The male of the species as black eyes with a black pupil and the female has brown eyes with a black pupil.

Throw pillow for the Cockatoo-lover

  1. 22nd April 2013 – PICK OF THE DAY in Bubbling Artists
  2. 23rd April 2013 – FEATURED in Love these Creatures
  3. 4th May 2013 – FEATURED in African Art and Photography
  4. 5th May 2013 – FEATURED in Amazing Wildlife
  5. 10th November 2013 – FEATURED in Art Universe
  6. 17th January 2014 – FEATURED in Artistry Group
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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Wow! What an awesome portrait of your beautiful Danny! He looks happy and proud, as if he knows you are doing his portrait! Excellent work!!!!!!

  • Aaaaw, thank you Angie! He is very inquisitive and really pays attention when one talks to him. And thank you for the fav, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    My goodness!! Please to meet Danny…. did we ever talked about him Maree? This painting of your lovely Danny is really beautiful. Thanks also for all the interesting info.

  • Ha ha! I’m not surprised that, with all the pets I have, you don’t manage to keep up Liz! I am sure I have mentioned him, just not that often. Pleased you like him, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • P.S.: He’s like my husband, part of the furniture and totally taken for granted!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    Danny is just splendid, Maree!

  • Thank you very much Sheila!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 1 year ago

    gorgeous work Maree

  • Thanks a lot Maggie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 1 year ago

    Your work/colours so rich and lovely; drawing so incredibly neat. Just looking at this is enough to make anyone become a friend to these otherwise ‘unknown’ birds. Art is the power to love, admire, respect, and, appreciate ‘seeing’ life; life as being seen all around the world. GREAT! ;-)

  • Thank you Paul, appreciate your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 1 year ago

    What a great portrait of Danny Maree… beautifully done.

  • Thanks ever so much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Wow, I really like this one a lot Maree. Excellent work, and so very well done.

  • Thank you very much Jim!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago

    outstanding work

  • Thanks ever so much Angel!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    Pick of the Day in Bubbling Artists!! Click on the banner to see your work displayed!!

  • Whoot whoot! This is so great Vicki! Thank you for this lovely honour, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you for the feature Teresa, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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