Hi, my name is Darcy and I am an adorable Ducorps cockatoo who loves to dance. I was named after the ballerina and Strictly judge, Darcy Bussel. I do indeed look like a ballerina, as my wing feathers look like a glorious tutu.
I am a special needs bird and need close monitoring and supervision. I had suffered severe zinc poisoning , and was very poorly when I came to Birdline. I had to be hospitalised a number of times: to be chelated, for plucking a blood feather, and once for severely mutilating myself. I am severely plucked across my back and front, but I have now grown enough flight feathers to fly a bit, which has helped my confidence and I haven’t mutilated since. I will however need ongoing treatment, including medication, bi-annual vet visits and blood tests, so I do need to live near to a qualified avian vet and my keeper will need access to a car in case of emergencies.
Unfortunately, I do have some behavioural issues, in particular I have a tendency to over-bond with humans. Once I have found my chosen human, I will be a cuddle bunny, with them, but I can be aggressive towards other people. So I need someone who will understand me and my mood swings; ideally a person living on their own whom I can be devoted to and vice-versa. I may also get cross with other animals sharing my human and I have been known to bully and attack them – even through the cage bars. So it would be best for any other birds to be bigger than me.
I will really thrive in a calm, loving home with an experienced owner , who is home the majority of the time, and will make me their priority. I am not noisy (unlike most cockatoos), so you could live in a flat or attached house. So how about it…could I be the love of your life – your gorgeous little princess? In return I will be entirely devoted to you.
As Darcy has chronic health problems she is one of Birdline’s sponsored birds and any uninsurable vet bills will be covered by birdline, throughout her life.