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Anonymous - 2008-07-27
My fiance and I rescued a goffin's cockatoo when it was 7 years old. He does at times live up to the reputation. I know that with younger children he is very fearful and does not like strangers. Just keep an eye on the interactions between the bird and children and it will be fine. Our goffin loves to torment our dogs (we have 2). He will chase our beagle and has jumped on our great dane's back several times for a free ride. The only thing is the birds do bite and the dogs do get annoyed, so again just keep an eye on the bird when it is free. Ours has to be locked in the cage with padlocks or he will pull his food bowls out and escape and tear apart the house (and be quite proud of it). He can open the door to the cage in a matter of seconds. (Just to give you a heads up). He is a huge cuddler and we do love him, his cuteness makes up for being a stinker (as with all animals we own). Just be patient and you will be fine. Teach anyone who will interact with the bird how to handle him/her which will make them more confident with the bird and the bird comfortable with them.

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Theresa - 2008-05-27
We have an umbrella cockatoo named zero, he had plucked several feathers while he was at his previous owners for 8 years. We give him much attention and rub his head & body often, which he loves. His previous owners had taught him some foul language, so we ignore it when he speaks it. He does not, however, hear foul language from us. He can say: Zero, Hello, I love you, clucks like a chicken and crows like a rooster, and calls BUCK often. Also says nite nite zero. He will eat out of my cereal bowl with me. He doesn't play with toys much, but if some money should be around on a table, he will sling it to the floor. He is so sweet. We really enjoy him. Theresa & Buck

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catherine - 2008-04-01
We have an umbrella cockatoo called rocky. He is five years old and when we got him he was bald on his belly because his last owner didn't spend time with him. We have had him since august and slowly his feathers are growing back. He has a fantastic character and says lots of words like; love you, kiss kiss, hello, you a good boy, and hello sexy. He says rocky dance and starts dancing. He loves opera music and starts singing that. He laughs at you and he barks as well. We also have a budgie and a crimson winged parrekeet. The best thing about cockatoos is that they are so affectionate and love attention.

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Kurt van Wyk - 2008-03-31
My cousins from Australia have a flock of rose breasted cockatoos in their garden. They seem to have made themselves quite comfortable and frequently sit just outside the house! We (my two brothers, mum and dad) are getting an umbrella cockatoo in September and I just can't wait!

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Betty - 2008-02-26
We have a cockatoo, her name is Obie. Obie has a very strong vocabulary, she sings happy birthday, to obie go nighty nite. She has a habit of screaming and wont stop. We love her but need to know how to stop her screaming. I make her toys and she destroys them, how else can we keep her happy. Thanks

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Evelina - 2008-01-16
We love our pet cockatoo but the screeching is a little nerve-wrecking. I really love to carry her on my shoulder. She is actually a very good bird. She is trained not to poop on the carpet and she can say a couple of words. We love our little birdie so much!

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Karen Manuel - 2007-12-28
My husband and I are the proud owner of an umbrella cockatoo that was given to us when she was just three weeks old. No feathers and she was so ugly but now she is absolutely gorgeous. Her name is Peanut. I am like the others I wouldn't trade her for all the money someone would want to give me for her, but then that is somethng I do not have to fret about as she is not perfect. Her little legs and claws are twisted so she doesn't perch but this small deformity doesn't stop her from roaming her cage. I hand fed her until she was about 14 months old and thought that I was going to have to do this until I was 90. Finally she started eating her food that I put in the cage, thank GOD. We are retired so she is rarely alone, but has Amazons for company. By the way she has been talking since she was about 5 months old, not always real plain but plain enough to understand, and she loves to make noises but has little interest in toys. She enjoys being out of her cage and loves attention. She is really a wonderful pet. The three Amazons are also very enlightening. They all talk.

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LENKA - 2007-11-24
Hi again, from Lenka and Dinosaurous. I think that I am so lucky because I seem to fall more in love with my little Dino everyday! He is such an angel and I can't imagine not having him. He plays all the time. He talks all the time. He sings and dances when he gets in the mood (to party). I keep looking into new toys for him to destroy and satisfy his urge to constantly chew. He seems to be very happy. Right now though, we are going through a stage where he likes to try and stick food into his wing feathers (unsuccessfully, hahah), though putting them through some damage! (They don't look their best now). Once in a while he manages to stick a (food) pellet in his baby feathers, though. I always find it when I snuggle him before sleep, and I laugh at him and tell him he's so funny. It's almost like he understands. Anyway, my love for him will never end, he is my real angel!

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Bonnie Cook - 2007-10-29
We have a 9 year old citron cockatoo that we inherited from a cousin. Toulouse (female) is a very sweet bird. She is one of two birds in this family -- we also have an african grey. Toulouse is quiet except when it is time for the lights to be off for her to go to sleep (thankfully we go to bed about the same time so that isn't a problem). The move between owners I believe was stressful for her -- citrons don't like change because of how they bond with their owners. Thankfully she developed a good bond with my partner. She is out of her cage most of the day since I work from home. She won't come to me -- in fact I think she tolerates me. Still, she is a joy to have and an absolutely beautiful bird. As I mentioned she has bonded with my partner and allows her to hold her, pet her, etc. We have had her now about a month and a half and are hoping that she continues to grow comfortable in her new home. It has been a huge change for her. We also had to change her diet since the previous owner feed her mostly seeds and she came to us overweight.

Citrons are great birds. They need a lot of STRUCTURED attention. If you can do that I would highly recommend this breed over any other cockatoo breed. If not, steer away from cockatoos.

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Nancy - 2007-09-06
I adopted an Umbrella Cockatoo 6 weeks ago. She is the most lovable bird I've ever had. She wont talk yet, but can now step up and is outside of her cage for most of the day. She was found on a backyard shepherds hook (mine) and unbelieveably, my daugher works for an avian specialist. We tried to find her owner but nothing. Great for me because its too late now Calypso is MINE! She is not afraid of my Black Lab, or our cats, or the rabbits, chinchillas, cockatiels and my daughters Eclectus Parrot.......no wonder she found her way here!! We just love her. I will always keep her wings clipped as shes never getting away from me!

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