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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RITA - 2009-07-28
Any advice? We purchased a 2yr old Umbrella Cockatoo two months ago, we named him Nikos. he acts like he hates us, he shivers and hovers whenever we come near his cage. However, he will let us feed him bananas and peanuts by hand. He spends most of his day doing laps up, down and around his cage. We give him plenty of toys and talk to him everyday. He won't let us come near him, so we've never held or touched him. He just hovers in the back corner of his cage. What should we do? i wanted a friendly, outgoing , loving cockatoo, not a frightened, aloof one.

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  • Konstantina - 2010-03-14
    I was baby-sitting my now "Baby" umbrella cockatoo, female 25 years old. This bird is so smart but also very sneaky. Once they learn to bite... that's it. You have to make it trust you. Gradually, little by little every day go closer and closer and stay still each time until you see all it's puffed feathers relax, then leave. Repeat this every day. At one point, when it's comfortable you being next to it then extend your hand (let your palm drop down so the bird sees the top of your hand), and stay still until you see it's feathers relax and are not puffed up anymore. Do the same thing the next day but closer until one day it will touch with it's beak your hand which shows that it has accepted you. It takes alooooot of patience with these birds. Note: You have to let IT come to you when IT wants and not you force yourself to IT. My bird always stayed in the cage and now it's always in the living room on the top of the couch. LOL and it I don't take it in the living room, oh God it doesn't take a no for an comes down the cage and walks to the living room. This is our fault because we let it get away with it.
    I hope this was helpful.
    I am at home all day so it's hard, it wants constantly my attention but if you're not there it finds things to do.
    Oh! I never lock it's cage, only when we have dinner because it walks to the table, what can you do it's an extremely social bird.
  • Trinity Mom - 2010-04-23
    Poor Nikos may have been in an abusive situation or may have been neglected. Has he come around yet for you? It takes a lot of time, love and patience. They are incredible birds! Best of luck.
Rhayne - 2010-02-23
I'm glad I have an umbrella cockatoo.

gavin couzens - 2009-11-02
The white cockatoo is my moiety within my culture and when I see this bird around it means a sign of importance must be recognised and acted upon (if need be). However the presence does not mean anything if you are not of the white cockatoo mob, you must have an understanding of the birds habits and enviroment to have knowledge of this great creature.

Shirley A Moran - 2009-07-27
Are there any trees that you can not use in cockatoo cages as perches or chew toys

Kelly Martindale - 2009-02-15
We have an umbrella cockatoo her name is Barney, she is 8 years old , she is happy, lovable and well adjusted. The other night she was sitting with me on the lazyboy chair and she decided to crawl under my nightshirt, she was under there for a few minutes when I felt something warm on my chest, I thought she had an accident on me, only to find out she laid an egg on me! We were so surprised. We love her dearly and I thought that this would be a great little tale to share with yous.

Lora - 2009-02-10
Our family has a cockatoo named Peaches, he is our life, we love him so so much. Peaches is about 4 years of age, he was given to us about 6 months ago. He is quite the talker, he always says "Hi" when we come home and "Bye" as we are leaving. He calls me "Mama" and says my husband's name too. He calls for a cat, he says "Here kitty kitty". The thing is, we don't even own a cat. We have a dog, Katie a mini -schnauzer, they get along great. He tells her to "be a good dog" and to "sit". He also Barks like our dog too. Peaches is always asking for a "cracker" or a "cookie" and he will repeat it until he gets what he wants. He sings "Old McDonald had a Farm" sometimes he says the duck or the bird. He tells me that he is a "Pretty Bird" and that he is a "Good Boy", and sometimes he tells me that he is a "Bad Bad Bird". He's very special to me and our family, we all love him dearly. He is my sunshine!

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  • Rachel - 2010-05-18
    How old does a cockatoo have to be to have their true eye color I have 2 umbrella cockatoos that I got for mothers day. From my husband and he told me they were two years old they have black eyes to me and I was told a female has brown eyes is that true?
Brooke - 2008-11-18
Hello your coockatoos a very nice.
I have one but she was a feather plucker so she is half bald, but has grown back a lot of her fethers over time.
I really think they are wounderful animals that make good freinds and they are really nice and friendly until you get bit, but I still think they're sweet animals.


E - 2008-09-23
HELP!!!!My best friend has an U2 named Piper. she is 5 now.My friend recently got a jack russell terrier mix and Piper and the dog don't get along.Piper lays an egg about once a month and recently laid an egg and SHORTLY AFTER, Piper went after the dog. My friend had a rottie for 2 years and they got along fine. I bring my golden there to visit, and they seem to get along fine.Can a canine and a cockatoo co-exist? Any help would be appreciated.Thank-you, :-)E

Anonymous - 2008-08-01
I have an Umbrella Cockatoo. Her name is Sydney. She is 9 years old. She can speak very well. She knows how to say "I love you", "Hello", "Good Morning", "Good Night", "How are you", "Whats up", and she can say my name. She also sings very well. She knows how to sing the chorous of a few Taylor Swift songs. She can also mimic the telephone, the cat, the dog, and a crying baby. She chews up her toys like there is no tomorrow. She is a very sweet girl.

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