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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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.

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.
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 has no feather on his chest and back. The head feather is beautiful and 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 -
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. 
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!!!
Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-02-14
Are girls better than boys? Are they about the same. I have agirl about 7months old. I do not work. I stay home all day. I let her out about 6pm with me till about 9pm. She is very happy. Her cage is large 4x5x6 she is happy all day but very happy at 6pm. Do I need to change her day some but it is working good now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    You know what they say 'if it isn't broken don't fis it'. Hey sounds like you and your little girl are doing great. She has taught you well and will continue to do so for many years to come. I would say that in some species of birds - girls and boys are different and possibly one can be easier or less demanding than the other. I just don't believe this to be true with Umbrellas. One is just not 'better' than the other. They are both wonderful.
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  • mary ponson - 2012-07-31
    I have 2 umbrella cockatoos my female is the most loving. Madison is 14 months old and I have had her since she was 3 months. She calls me moma. Eli i have had since he was 5 months old he is now 8 months old he is also very loving but he shows it differantly. Both my babies are great birds they get along with all the other birds I help to take care of...a blue and gold macaw, a goffin cockatoo and a muluccan cockaoo. I love all of them
denise king - 2012-04-08
Today, I added a 5 year old umbrella male named Angel to my family. Although I have had birds before, this is my first cockatoo. Therefore, I am eager for any and all advice and/or recommendations you may have to offer. He appears to be healthy, but his cage is sorely lacking any toys for his amusement and his nails are in desperate need of clipping. I understand that he will need lots of time and attention, and as a disabled veteran, I have lots of time to spend with him. I really look forward to hearing from you guys on this one.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-08
    Well, it is a good thing you have the time because a cockatoo is going to take it, love it and give you lots of love in return. Cockatoos eat wood- they eat wood. I mean they really eat wood. So don't leave your fella too close to a window or a cabinet. I am not exaggerating here and I think it is sorta funny but just wanted to warn you. Cokatoos love toys and the more the better. You can buy them but you can also save quite a bit of money by making them. Get a 2 x 4 (untreated pine) and cut it into pieces and drill a hole through the middle of the pieces. Put a dog collar chain through the hole and you can even color the wood with food coloring - Don't put anything in the cage your little one can get himself tangled up in. These toys that people make and sell from rope are dangerous for a cockatoo. They love to play and can get tangled. I say use a dog collar chain as it is heavy (get the heavy one) and big ring at the bottom so the wood pieces you drill won't fall off. Cokatoos are very smart and can learn to undo most locks and certainly undo any screw bolts you use to hang a toy with. Purchase small u-bolts or small padlocks to hang the toys. Nails - you should get a concrete perch for your cockatoo and place it at the highest point in the cage for him to sit on when he sleeps. They sleep at the highest point and that way his nails will be filed automatically and he can also groom his beak. Make sure that the perch doesn't overlap with another in the cage so when he poops, it doesn't get another perch full of poop. Do not use doll rods for perches - it hurts or cripples their feet. You can use cholla wood or sanded manzanita - manzanita woks best cuz it is hard and they can't eat it - at least it takes them awhile. They love play - fetch, balls, popsicle type sticks and will love chewing up paper into really small pieces. Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls are fun. They love music and can keep a great beat. You sing and they will dance. You enjoy and give Angle a hug for me..
  • teesha - 2012-06-14
    I agree to what you say - I like birds <3 lol:)
kathy - 2012-03-31
Hi, I just got my umbrella cockatoo. His name is Marley. He is 3 yrs old. He is so sweet but some times, I think he knows about time ever day at 6 at night time he will screech so lound. I found out what to do about that you go to another room untill the bird stops and when he stops that is when you give him a treat for doing good. It is working. We play ball and I made him some home made toys. He just loves the toys.

Jessica - 2012-02-02
My boy Fred is about 4 years old and is a mama's bird...I bought him toys and play things and he doesn't play at all he either will just dance on/in his cage of is with me, in my lap, on my shoulder. He seems happy because he is always dancing and playing with my hair but I worry because he never wants to play. He is extremely terrified of anyone but me and I wonder if maybe that is why. I'm not sure...any words of wisdom out there?

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  • Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-03-07
    Put a tv and boxes and paper when you are not in the room and just watch him. He may start playing.
lisa maddock - 2012-02-06