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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gigi - 2014-07-19
I am about to adopt an umbrella cockatoo and I'm a little nervous, I have the time and money to spend with and on the bird. He will never be completely alone in my home. I'm worried about what room temperature I should keep for her and my biggest one is how to help her adjust to her new home. Her current owner is leaving her behind because she's worried that the stress of a long trip might kill her since she doesn't do well with traveling she's the sweetest bird I ever met and very affectionate she took right to me but her current owner is to busy to give all the attention that I've read about. If any one has any ideas on what to do please let me know.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Umbrella Cockatoos make great pets but they are extremely social (and needy for affection). They do need a good amount of attention but it sounds like you are ready and willing to take this wonderful bird on and give it a good home. When a parrot goes to a new home, it takes it about 30 days to become established. That gives you a great opportunity to set up a 'permanent' routine for care and feeding, out of cage time, and playtime. Wishing you both all the best!
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Bill Roberts - 2014-07-01
I rescued my bird, I have had her for a little over 1 year, she is very loving and smart. When I first got her she was in very bad shape, she now is a very pretty and happy bird lately she is taking to very softly bite my skin and then rubbing her beak on me, is this normal show of love?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I would say so, it sounds like a preening behavior, but modified for her unusual 'flock friend'.
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lauren - 2014-06-28
I am very interested in owning a cockatoo. Having trouble deciding on a breed, so far I've read my favorite breed, the pink/red/gold major Mitchell, has a rather difficult temperament. Looking for the best breed for a first time bird owner.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Cockatoos in general are very social animals, which translates into very needy pets. Some of best mannered and readily available are the Umbrella Cockatoo, Lesser Sulfer-crested Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, and the Bare-eyed Cockatoo. Others like the Citron-crested are more high strung, and the Rose Cockatoo, though a fine pet, it more rare and more expensive. But no matter which species you get, be prepared to give a lot of attention (and I suggest setting up a routine immediately with dedicated affection times and 'self entertainment times, to avert any unintended problems).
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rebeca - 2014-05-22
I have an umbrella cockatoo that has been sitting on plastic eggs for abuot a month now. Is this going to hurt the bird? Should I remove them or let her do her thing? thanks Chuck

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  • rebecca - 2014-05-22
    I do not want to give the bird away, just what I should do with the eggs?
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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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