Residents are discouraged from feeding wild cockatoos which may visit homes or backyards.
Hand-feeding or leaving out seed or other food for these birds can cause them to flock in excessive numbers to residential areas, where they can damage houses and decks and create a noise problem.
Cockatoos also need to chew to keep their beaks healthy and, in the wild, spend most of their day searching for food. Providing an easy source of food gives them more time to damage property and crops and reduces their ability to find their own food in the wild.
Photo courtesy Russell Best, Nature Share