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Everything you need to know about the Umbrella Cockatoo!


Hello and welcome to my new Umbrella Cocaktoo website! If you are thinking of buying an Umbrella Cockatoo or happen to have one, there are a few things you should know about this bird. Here's a quick summary:
  • Scientific name: Cacatua alba
  • Lifespan: 50 - 100 years! (WOW!)
  • Max size and weight: 18 inches, and 1.3 pounds.
  • Volume: Moderately loud.
  • Talking ability: Good. Can easily learn 50-150 words.
  • Social behavior: One of the friendliest parrots, usually good with children.
  • Conservation status: Vulnerable (one step better than being an 'Endangered Species')
  • Intelligence: High. Can quickly learn tricks and how to manipulate their owners!
  • Recommended cage size: 4 feet x 3 feet x 6 feet
  • Destructiveness: High. Can easily break apart wood with their powerful beaks.
  • Maintenance: The Umbrella Cockatoo tends to be a high maintenance bird.
  • Available colors: White with varying degrees of yellow.
  • Price: Up to $1200.00
Umbrella Cockatoos are a mid-sized, beautiful parrot which are very affectionate and highly intelligent. This bird is often referred to as the 'cuddliest' of all parrots and would prefer to be with you every minute of the day attached to your hip! These birds must have constant supervision if left to roam the house since they can be very destructive with their powerful beaks, which can easily destroy furniture. They can speak up to 150 words but are not considered to be the best speakers (like the African Grey). Pet stores sell this bird for as much as $1200, but often they can be found for $650 or less from breeders or private individuals, and if you are lucky, you just might get one for free! This is a fairly large bird and needs a fairly large cage. An outdoor flight is preferrable for this bird, who would enjoy the spacious room during summer days.

Now for the negative side of this bird: Umbrella cockatoos are the most mentally and emotionally complicated parrots to deal with! Few people can provide for the needs of this parrot. In fact, if you look around at the many bird rescues, you will find that most of their birds are umbrella cockatoos. These birds have a tendancy to self mutilate themselves by feather plucking and sometimes worse (eating their own flesh), even under perfect conditions (hours and hours of personal attention every day). Some people believe that the only way you can sucessfully keep this bird long term is to eliminate human interaction and provide large outdoor aviaries, similar to what the bird would experience in the wild.

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"So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good!"
Genesis 1:21



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