Posted Jun 03, 2014
What this bird taught me when I was working in parrot rescue, was that an Umbrella Cockatoo is all show and no bite, many times. Oh, boy, what a display they can put on with wings out and feathers up, rocking back and forth. Any sane person would not get close to this bird. With the exception of a person who owns Cockatoos.
I picked this bird up along with several others from a man who was dying. He knew he didn't have very long left so he called our bird rescue to pick up all his parrots so we could find them homes.
This bird rocked back and forth and carried on any time I got near it, so I wasn't about to get my hand punctured. I just left him alone. I found a foster home for him with someone who was experienced with cockatoos. I warned him the bird was not very friendly.
I delivered the bird to his home and he called later that night. "Guess who is on my lap soaking up all the head scratches?" As it turns out, this was a very gentle, kind and loving bird. He sure had me fooled!