Biting umbrella cockatoo

by carol
(taylor michigan)


Hi, i just purchased a umbrella cockatoo, she is two years old, i`ve been giving her a lot of attention out of her cage,shes been so loving,likes to be cuddled and petted. the previous owner said she didn't bite, i had her for 3 days now. she was on her cage came down and got on the couch where i was sitting, was ok at first, then i noticed she got a little aggressive, she started pulling at my top i had on and kind of nipped at me, it kind of frightened me, so i just got up, i sat back down talkin to her calmly she was trying to bite at my pants material, she just seemed aggressive, i was scared i finally got her on my fingers and put her in her cage. i left the room and went back after 20 minutes and was talking to her calmly for a few minutes..and left..what did i do wrong? what happened i'm saddened by this..thank you carol

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Mar 29, 2012
Biting umbrella Cockatoo
by: Elizabeth

If you have given your too affection, during the adjustment period (which it sounds like you have!) Her coming to be with you sounds as if she's comfortable with you. If she hasn't drawn blood with her nipping, she is just trying to test you. Of course she misses her previous home, but doesn't quite yet understand what is acceptable in your home and what is not.

A lot of parrots will approach their new owner, and chew on tops, pants, zippers. Some will do this quite vigorously, trying to play. I have specially torn bird clothes that I put on before I enter the aviary! Parrots love to chew on clothing, wood etc.

A lot like to play tug of war, and can be very assertive to win! Please don't tap or flick a bird's beak, they will trust you less. If she IS nipping enough to hurt, just place her back on a perch, NOT in her cage. That is only rewarding her for bad behavior, since her cage is her home/nest. Hope this was of some help, Please let us know if this was helpful.
Thank You,

Elizabeth

Mar 06, 2011
Answer to Biting Umbrella Cockatoo
by: David

Hi Carol. Did the original owner mention why he/she put the umbrella cockatoo up for adoption? Please note that there could be an adjustment period with any adopted bird. They are feeling rejected by their original owner and it takes time for them to adjust to having a new owner and being in a new environment. They do take it personally! Cockatoos are very loving and affectionate but can also get very jealous and don't want to share attention with any other animal or thing and like other parrots can always smell and sense fear so make sure that you don't show any!

You did not do anything wrong. You showed her that nipping is not accepted and put her in her cage. When the cockatoo nips, you should tap her beak very gently with your hand and say no nipping or biting.

Cockatoos are big squawkers so it may also be a good idea to cover her when she does that. Also, Make sure that you have a secure lock on the cage because cockatoos are very capable of figuring out locks and breaking out of their cage. An extra manual lock may not be a bad idea. Good luck!
Marcia

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