I'm afraid of my umbrella cockatoo
(Tampa Bay Florida)
I love my umbrella cockatoo, I've had him about 7 years and he's 15 going on 16 years old. In the past 3 to 6 months he started getting more agressive. I would let him out of his cage and pet him and he'd love it, then he'd attack me, start biting me - drawing blood. This happened so often (never knew what triggered it) that I realize now I'm terrified of this bird. I haven't taken him out of his cage for a few weeks and although I pet him when he passes me a foot, i'm still extremely cautious. Once time i was putting food in his container and I carelessly had my thumb inside his cage, he came after it - drawing blood.
Also, he screams when i'm not in the room to the point where once i get home - i can't leave the living room until I'm ready to turn off all of the lights and go to bed.
I'm miserable. What can I do? I love him, but I can't stand keeping him anymore.