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Adorable cockatoo named ‘Cookie’ captured getting his groove on for a crowd on Sydney footpath

Cheeky cockatoo named Cookie bops enthusiastically to music outside a shisha cafe as excited customers dance alongside him

  • Sydney man captures the moment his pet cockatoo starts getting his groove on
  • Mark Salim, 25, is the owner of the Shisha store Fairfield in Sydney’s south-west
  • Enthusiastic cockatoo ‘Cookie’ is seen bouncing up and down in time to music
  • A crowd gathered on the footpath outside the store to watch the performance 

A Sydney man has captured the adorable moment his pet cockatoo started dancing on the footpath in front of enthralled patrons of a cafe. 

Mark Salim, 25, is the owner of the Shisha Store in Fairfield, in Sydney’s south-west, and the cheeky cockatoo he named ‘Cookie’. 

The store owner posted the adorable video of the three-year-old bird getting his groove on outside his cafe to TikTok on Saturday. 

The three-year-old cockatoo named Cookie was captured bouncing up and down and flapping his wings in time to the music

In the video the enthusiastic cockatoo is seen bouncing up and down and flapping his wings in time to the song ‘Jno Eto’.

An amused crowd of spectators gather to watch Cookie’s performance while others clap their hands to encourage the bird.

Mr Salim told Daily Mail Australia the tame cockatoo had been gifted to him three years ago when he was only a chick.  

‘We taught him how to talk a little bit and how to dance,’ the store owner said. 

He explained that Cookie could say the words ‘how are you’ and ‘go away’ and had learnt to dance by copying his owners movements from a young age. 

The charming video quickly went viral with viewers sharing their appreciation for the adorable cockatoo in the comments. 

Mr Salim explained Cookie had learnt to dance by copying his movements from a young age

Mr Salim explained Cookie had learnt to dance by copying his movements from a young age

‘Little buddy is so hyped. I love it,’ one woman commented. 

‘This is super cute,’ another said. 

‘The only thing I like about Fairfield,’ a third user joked. 

‘Tell me you’re in Australia, without telling me you’re in Australia,’ a fourth said. 

Mr Salim said he regularly took his pet cockatoo to the Sydney CBD on his shoulder, much to the delight of passerby’s. 

What are sulphur-crested cockatoos? 

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. 

The parrot’s range extends throughout the northern and eastern mainland, and Tasmania. A small population has become established around Perth, Western Australia. 

Their normal diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots.

Feeding normally takes place in small to large groups, with one or more members of the group watching for danger from a nearby perch.

Credit: BirdLife.org

 

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