Animal Stories - Umbrella Cockatoo

Animal-World Information about: Umbrella Cockatoo

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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mandy - 2007-08-14
I am considering adopting an Umbrella Cockatoo. I saw somewhere that they are very costly to have. I have two Senegal Parrots and I make most of their toys as they love to chew.

Frank - 2007-07-17
My wife and I just adopted Dee-Dee from a friend. She is 2 years old. We have had her for just a week but we have all adapted to each other very quickly. She loves the attention we all give her, including our three year old daughter. She has never tried to bite any of us since day one. We are obviously all still getting to know each other but she is really showing her willingness to cuddle. My wife works from home so Dee-Dee is never alone. She has had a good apetite, loves to come out of her cage and stand on the perch adjacent to the roof of the cage. We are having problems getting her to step up onto our shoulder or hands, but we are working with her. The one thing that we have noticed, and I have read so much about how they like to play with toys and chew them up. We have spent about $100 in toys and she hasn't touched any of them. We went to a person that works in a pet store that owns a Cockatoo and she pointed out some toys that her bird loves. We purchased them and Dee-Dee pays no attention to them at all. We hope this is just a timing thing and as she gets more comfortable she will start enjoying her toys more. But for the week we have had her, she has already made a loving impact on us all.

Brandi - 2007-01-21
I love my cockatoo Ben, he is the biggest baby you've ever seen I think of him as my own child & wouldn't take anything in the world for him. Ben has been in my family since he was 6 years olds & now he is 21, he follows me everywhere around the house & loves to cuddle under the blanket with me when I lay on the couch watching t.v. & the cutest thing of all is watching him shower with my husband. Can't help but love him!

Shirah Gantman - 2007-01-06
"In your "Care and feeding" paragraph you have a word 'Nutrition' that is highlighted to click on. When you just run your cursor over it, a balloon pops up that gives you a lot of food choices. This leads people to think that these are the foods that they can give their cockatoo. This is NOT THE FOOD THAT YOU GIVE TO YOUR COCKATOO!!! Because one of the electives in the balloon says CHOCOLATE, which is TOXIC to cockatoos and other birds as well.
The reason I am mentioning this, is that a friend of mine just got a 'too', and got into your site at my house and saw the nutrition thing. She says to me "Wow! How fun! You can give them Chocolate treats!!!" Then when I told her No this is not true, that it is toxic, she said "No it isn't! It says right here that these are the foods that you can give them"
I would advise you to change this, as it is very misleading, and may harm some Sweet "Toos" out there. And I know you wouldn't like this, as your site is very special and informative, and I know you care about animals.
Thank you for your time."

Cheryl - 2006-07-13
We have an Umbrella Cockatoo that was given to us a few months ago. She is 7 years old and has brought so much happiness to our lives. When we are not home, her cage has a box in it with toys, balls and wooden clothespins. She loves to go in the box and throw all her toys out. She also chews on the wooden clothespins which I replace everyday. The box, toys and wooden clothespins were suggested to me by her previous owner. She also goes in her plastic swimming pool outside and tosses her toys all around in the water! Scrambled eggs and apples are some of her favorite foods among a few. She is a very loveable and cuddly bird and I'm so happy that we "adopted" her!

Don - 2006-07-07
Dakota Bird,

She was adopted at three years old, and is the sweetest thing you can imagine. I've learned to "ration" my time with her to a few hours aday, so she is used to being alone at times. I think this is best if your cockatoo can adapt to this schedule, or you may end up needing to spend every minute of every day with your parrot. By all reports she is happy and well adjusted, and loves to go places with me, and meet people. She attends our local parade each july forth. She also visits schools, nursing homes and libarary. She is extremely gentle and loves to cuddle.

Here is a pic from our parade if anyone cares to download

She brightens up the lives of everyone she meets.


ps. note to editor, feel free to remove the line and download info, its not a full "url" but noticed your rules. I just wanted to share her pic.

Karen - 2006-06-13
My cockatoo, Kiki was very nice, she knew how to say alot of words including knowing my children by their names. She would even say "I got to go to the bath room". She could say almost anything and would make you laugh and then she would laugh at you. She was a real sweetie. She was our best friend and now she's gone. She pass away 06/12/2006 and will truely be missed. We loved her very much. She will always be in our hearts. Maybe one day we'll get another Cockatoo. Kiki was great.

John Halverson - 2006-04-20
I have had my umbrella cockatoo for almost four years. We named her Rocket because she was born on July 4. She says about ten words. She is a real cuddle bug. The only complaint I have is when I pay $30.00 for a toy and she chews it up in less than a day. But, she is a real sweetheart and I am glad I have her.

ute harrison - 2006-04-09
Sammy my U2
Got him last summer, he is 7 yrs old now and he suppose to hate
male humans. Main reason why his former owner sold him......
I have a pair of now 4 yr old Twin Boys and he is with them everywhere
He sleeps with us in the bed, in the car with us, walks thru the house
toy boxes loves LEGO'S like the Twins or Remote Control Cars.
he walks outside on his playstand in the backyard, My dog ( Pitbull)
is scared of him:)
We are blessed to have to have him.

Nikki - 2006-03-30
We have an unbrella that was caught out in the wild. we got her a year ago and she is a sweety. 2 minutes before my dad pulls up from work she gets annoying and starts squacking. she loves everybody and always is showing us how beautiful she is. every time we're eating she comes and eats off our plates. We put her outside in her tree but since we havent clipped her wings she likes to fly to the top of this big tree next to our house and sleep. she alays comes back. We take her on many of the family trips. she has become our other sister, she does some weird things though.