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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Umbrella Cockatoos

Umbrella Cockatoos although not prized for their talking ability many of them often surpass the African Grey's talking ability. They are one of the cuddly bird types and prefer to be not just on you and with you but curled up in your arms as part of your body. Thus giving them the nickname " The Velcro Bird" among parrot types. True to their nature they are not one to leave on a playstand when you leave the room as you will soon hear the pitter patter of small feet on your floor searching for you. For this reason they should not be left unattended when let out to play for they can get into trouble on their quest to find you. Electrical cords and such are not their friends for obvious reasons, among other household items they can and will get into. It is not that they are bad birds but that owners must take a more responsible stand in caring for them. Which when properly cared for leads to a wonderful companion of very longevity.

It is a misconception on our part for those of us that think or believe a bird knows what is good for it. Think of them more as a small feathered toddler in your care and everything given to them must be carefully selected by the owner to keep them out of danger.
Toys are a very important part of the umbrella's daily activity and must be appropriate for the species. They should be changed often or even rotated so the old becomes new again fun and exciting to occupy your bird. Just as we don't want to do the same thing day in and day out nether does your bird.
Umbrella's can be loud but this does not happen all the time and it depends on how you raise them which can make a world of difference. It is the umbrella that is received as a baby showered with attention and then put on the back burner so to speak that becomes unruly, this doesn't happen over night. Someone that starts out holding the bird continuously with constant attention actually teaches the bird that this is what it can come to expect and receive.

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