This is Eli. Eli is a fourteen year old Umbrella Cockatoo whose owner recently contacted me hoping to surrender him. We are at capacity for parrots and do not take ‘toos, but found him a rescue offer with the Alabama Parrot Rescue, and are keeping the bird until Wednesday then transferring him.
His reason for surrender was a very common one for cockatoos: noise, paired with loving his people a little too much. If they were out of his sight, he was screaming. Cockatoos are the record holders for the loudest birds on earth; a Moluccan cockatoo can scream at 135 decibels, enough to permanently damage a human’s hearing and nearly the volume of a 747 jet engine. Umbrellas aren’t quite as loud, but they are loud enough to lose their homes on a very frequent basis.
Like most U2s, Eli is a clownish, lovable cuddlebug who wants nothing more than attention. This is what draws people in when they meet a baby cockatoo. However, as extremely intelligent and extremely needy birds, cockatoos are ill suited for captivity and often become problematic screamers, feather pluckers, self-mutilators, etc. They simply require a level of interaction and mental engagement most homes, even experienced homes, can not provide. We at ACS do not feel we could provide an adequate home for a cockatoo despite being a haven for dozens of birds, for a frame of reference.
So please: think twice before getting a cockatoo of any size or species, no matter how “cute” they are. What isn’t cute is seeing the distress of a bird losing his home of fourteen years for, well, being a cockatoo.
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