Animal Stories - Umbrella Cockatoo


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The two Umbrella Cockatoos pictured here are still babies under 3 months old, and still needing to be handfed twice per day!
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B.ISMAIL SHAKEEL - 2009-02-25
I'd like to have a bird like this.

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  • mamie owens - 2011-07-21
    I have a 14 year old male, that I am interested in adopting out to the right family. please reply to this email address.
  • James Lawrence - 2011-08-02
    Hello. I read your posting and was interested in your bird. My wife, daughter and myself have owned birds in the past but have always wanted a larger type bird. My wife is a stay at home mom and my daughter is a bit of a home body so he/she will hardly ever be alone. Are you still considering adopting your bird.
  • B.ISMAIL SHAEEL - 2014-02-24
    I wish to have birds like this too.
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Cheryl - 2009-01-03
We have a family member named Charlie who is approximately 9 years old. He has been with us 4 years He requires a ton on attention and is very loving. He likes to cuddle and go for walks in the neighborhood. He sleeps in his cage at night, but sits on a perch all day in the living room, with the tv or radio on. He has lots of toys and is very well adjusted, but he won't talk. Anybody have any suggestions... He is not a big screamer, just his usual 5 minutes in the evening. He still bites occasionally, but it's usually when he is not the center of attention or is falling. I love him dearly and he is a big part of our family. He eats when we eat and just hangs out with us.

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  • sheila - 2014-02-10
    Some do not talk, are charlies wings clipped? Loved to take my 18 yr old out and about.
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Milla - 2013-07-15
I have read about cockatoos and saw videos about them and I just think that they're SO AMAZING, and I thought that it would be SO AWESOME to have one! So if you have one for sale or you know someone who has one for sale then PLEASE, PLEASE, pppppllllllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee tell me! (; Thanks for listening! (;

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John Shelley Show - 2008-08-22
After all our kids moved out, we purchased our Aussie (umbrella cockatoo) when he was only 9 weeks old. Neither of us owned a large bird before (just small birds). HE IS THE BEST! He is 1 yrs old now. He doesn't say clear words yet but sure tries to say "good boy" and "Hi". We were amazed when we were able to potty train him in only a week. YEA. His wings are clipped but he walks all over the house as if he's the boss. When we get up and get ready for work, we bring Aussie out to keep us company and let him play while we get ready for work. Then when we have to leave we tell him we have to go to work and put him in his cage with the tv on and say "by-bye". He is in his cage during the day while we are at work which is a 72x36x48 loaded with toys, light/ceiling fan on, and a tv that is on while we are away (of course, cartoon network so he doesn't pick up anything bad). When we get home, we bring him out, he goes "potty", we applaud his good behavior and then he does whatever. He has a play gym in the living room that he can go on whenever he wants and a toy box loaded with all kinds of toys. He loves his balls he plays with that are soft rubber and some with little balls inside that he removes within seconds. He gets play time until 1 hour before bedtime and then we allow him to sit on our laps and get his nightly backrub/neckrub. He loves to be rubbed while he hides his head in a blanket or even our shirt. When he gets loud or out of control, we cover him with a blanket. If that doesn't work, then we have a "time-out" cage (36x36x48-his starter cage)in another separate room with a door. If he is naughty (perhaps bites), he gets "time-out". Usually only 10-15 min depending on the issue then we get him out and continue on as if nothing happened. He is a perfect angel when he comes out. He always tries to come to the one that put him in time out as if to say he's sorry---way awesome. He goes to bed at the same time every night-around 9pm. He is an awesome addition. Time out really works as it is in a different room from his normal cage and there is no toys and we leave the room dark. When he does good, we literally clap our hands and say "Aussie, good boy" and continue to reinforce that he is being a good boy. He knows commands such as: no, eat, potty, come, standup, stepdown, nite-nite and yes he can shake. We are looking forward to him talking, hopefully soon. He eats Zupreem fruits and veggies (pellet foods). He likes broccoli, carrots, king crab legs, shrimp, lobster and some fish. He also loves scrabbled egg beaters with me for breakfast. He eats raisens, soup crackers, animal cookies, peanuts and dry cereal. He likes to "chew" so we be sure to have things he can chew on everywhere so he won't chew on what he shouldn't. Oh yea, he loves to shower with us--this is a funny experience. He is quite at night and even when we sleep in on a weekend, he doesn't make a sound until we open his door and say "good morning".
These are awesome pets if you have space, time, compassion and lots of luv to give.

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  • vallerie - 2010-09-18
    My cockatoo is 12 weeks old. He"s had his first shower and loved it.
    He goes to bed at 9 also in the morning I say good morning and open the shade at the window so he can look around out side.. trying to talk almost there, 99%potty trained
    but when I want him to stay on his perch in the living room sometimes it just does not happen working progress (lol) jrakkar is a picky eater not much for human food but still only 12 weeks old....
  • vallerie akerblom - 2010-10-12
    Mine is 15weeks old he says hello-supper-wacka wacka - working on how are you ..his name is jrakkar he knows his name very well we go for walks he has also been on the channel news last week..could not imagine not having him very picky eater.
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Tina - 2004-04-01
I have had my cockatoo since he was 5 months old. He is now not only a pet, but my best friend. He is so much fun to play with and even knows when you are having a bad day in which case he will snuggle more than usual. If you are thinking about getting a bird I would suggest an umbrella cockatoo if you want a bird that is sweet and kind.

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Lillie LeBlanc - 2012-01-21
We purchased our umbrella cockatoo - Abby for Christmas. She is 6 months old. She loves every toy we've either bought or made for her. We have no children & she is our only pet. I am a previous parrot owner - 12 yrs. and went 5 yrs. without one. Never owned an Umbrella Too. She is such a joy to have. Only problem so far is that she hates it when the TV is on. We watch it only at night & weekends. She ends up in her cage because she screeches & carries on so much we can't hear the TV!!! She actually doesn't mind going in her cage because she quiets down. Maybe I'll try leaving the TV on during the day....
No words yet but hopefully she will begin talking soon.

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-21
    What a fun addition to your family! Just like any 'new baby' you will see her little personality emerge as time goes on. Seems to me, possibly, that when she sees you watching TV, she is feeling like she is not the center of attention. After all, if you were a bird, and your humans became very still and didn't move and looked at a box in the room, you may be a little disturbed too! lol Maybe try petting her or having her sit with you when you watch TV. If that does not work, maybe she will grow out of it, like all little kids do! Enjoy and thanks for the information!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    I don't know for sure what is true - only what is real. My birds would go nuts and talk and jabber and make me crazy if I wanted to watch a movie. I bought them their own TV with DVD's and would set up their TV for them. Surf's Up, Little Mermaid, Ninja Turtles etc. They love their TV and they talk to it and they learned many of the words. I then realized they weren't so much 'pitching a fit' when the TV went on as they were communicating with it and also trying to compete with it for my attention. My Panama Memorized Ninja Turtles and a couple and their teens came over to the home and my Panama said clearly 'drop your drawers, I have a pistol'. If it is your little guys bedtime, sure put him to bed, but otherwise you might want to just let him watch TV - their are kids programs during the day.
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GRISEL - 2012-11-08
I want to buy an umbrella cockatoo. Anyone selling some in or around dallas texas. Thanks! !

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
    You can look at the ads in the back of Bird talk Magazine.  You can Google search to see if there are any breeders near you and call them.  You can also Google search any bird sanctuaries in Texas - between the three places you should be able to find one.  When you are purchasing a feathered companion - you want to be able to hold it, cuddle with it, talk to it etc - you want the same sorta warm fuzzy feeling you get from holding a puppy or kitten.  A slightly older bird may be nervous or shy but you should be able to sit down on the sofa or floor and play with it.  If you wish to purchase an untamed bird - that is wonderful but read up on it a little first.
  • GRISEL - 2012-11-12
    are these birds good around children, and do these birds talk?
  • Nicolson - 2013-01-30
    Hey Grisel, are you still searching? We have some wonderful umbrella cockatoos among other parrots available and ready to go. Get back to us for more info and pricing.
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linus chung - 2012-09-26
I have a young blue and gold and have fallen in love with keeping big parrots. Recently I found a white cockatoo in a friend's neighbour's house...it has no feather on his chest and back. The head feather is beautiful and complete...how do I tell if the bird is just feather plucking or if the bird is having a medical condition of the skin. The owner is willing to give me the bird, not wanting it anymore but I do not want to bring home any contagious disease to my blue and gold.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-26
    Chances are the bird is plucking.  Reason is because the feathers are gone where the bird has easy access.  Back and chest.  You say crest is fine.  You can take the bird to the vet and make sure - probably the best course of action just in case but probably plucking.  Could be an underlying reason though so best if see a vet.  Good luck.  Cockatoos are frequently pluckers and need lots of toys.  You can get a untreated 2 x 4 at home depot and cut it up and put a chain through it.  might keep him busy for a week.  Paper cuts or toilet paper rols.  They love to chew on things.  They also love cartoons and music.  Attention/toys might help with the plucking.  Take to a vet though -
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allen cooper - 2010-07-13
I have two umbrella cockatoos of the same litter for about 8 years, and I think one is a male and the other female. What are chances that they would mate, and what are the dangers of inter mating? From their recent behavior and the things they are doing, I think they are trying to mate if they have not already. One of them the eyes are jet black and the other's is a dark colored brown. I need help!

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  • sswardah - 2012-09-25
    The one with the black eye is the male and the brown color eye is female.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-25
    Yes, most likely a male and female and doubtful there would be a problem if they mated.  Remember, it takes a clutch or two for them to catch on to the mating, incubatyion and feeding.  They do things like believe the egg is a soccer ball, or lay an egg of the perch.  They aren't exactly sure how to mate because they are not in a flock and no flock to teach them.  Siblings are bred by some to bring out recessed gene primiarily to do with color.  If these siblings were in bred and their parents were in bred and the grandparents - possibly a problem but just two siblings - doubtful any problems except the learning curve. 
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Tamara - 2012-01-20
Hello! We are the proud new owners of a 5 month old Umbrella Cockatoo. We picked her up from the pet store last week. She was so sweet and loved to be held. We were under the assumption that she was eating all on her own. We put fresh fruit and veggies and seeds with pellets. But after 2 days she just cries now every time we pick her up nonstop. She doesn't cry when she's in her cage but does scream here and there. We have tried hand feeding her, but she has no interest. Not sure if she's hungry and wants to be syringed fed? Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    This may just be a behavioral thing, your bird may be testing to see what kind of reaction she gets, or it may be more serious. I would take her to an avian veterinarian first thing, to have her and her feces checked, and to eliminate any health concerns. If she's fine and its a behavior thing, then you can look at suggestions to deal with that. Tricks like eating in front of her and offering her some of your food... toos love to eat what they see you eating.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    An Umbrella cockatoo, especially when young, will make a constant low sorta mewing/crying sound. I always thought it meant they just love the attention. I am not positive but even my big guy now will sometimes 'cry' when I hold him. A concern I have (as you mentioned it) is maybe she does want fed. If she won't take the syrings, then although this sounds a little crazy, you can try baby food and a spoon and start by having her lick it off your fingers. Baby applesauce, apricots, are usually a favorite. I have also read frequently that female cockatoos when they fledge the nest look for a mate - How does she find one? It is the older male cockatoor that 'feeds her' So it might just be instinct. Your little gal is looking to make sure that she has someone to care for her (through the thick and thin) via the preeening/cuddling/feeding. The female many times has fledged, picked a mate and brought him home (honest) to sleep by her side by 6 months of age. I think she is fine but yes, I would try feeding her with your hand.
  • Melissa Paige - 2012-08-25
    It sounds like she is hungry. Mine was shrine fed up until a year and a half. You are starving her!
  • Cookie - 2012-09-13
    Have you tried spoon feeding your U2? Sometimes they are spoon feed as babies. Might work!!!
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