Umbrella Cockatoos are entirely white at first glance. However, if you startle or excite one, you will see the feathers of its crest pop up, forming a type of “headdress” resembling an umbrella. This is where their name comes from. Under their “umbrella,” the feathers are bright yellow.
The underside of their wings and tail is also yellow. They have a bare patch of skin around their eyes which is blue in color. This patch of skin can sometimes help determine an Umbrella’s age since, like humans, this area tends to wrinkle as the birds get older.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 80 years
Sexing: The sexes differ only in eye color, though all juvenile birds will appear to be female. After they have reached maturity (typically around 5 years of age) the females will retain a brown iris, while the males will turn almost black. The darker the iris, the more likely it is to be male.
Origin: The islands of Central and Northern Moluccas Trainability: Domestic hand-fed babies make excellent pet birds for dedicated caregivers. Arguably, these parrots are among the most affectionate animals on the planet! This is wonderful at first, but they quickly become like needy two year olds, craving constant attention and companionship.
If you are unable to devote at least 4 hours of quality time to your parrot each day, then an Umbrella Cockatoo is not for you. They are extremely playful and acrobatic. Anything and everything is a toy to them – especially if you don’t want them to have it. For this reason, we recommend a large variety of toys for your Umbrella Cockatoo and plenty of supervision during play time. They can learn to speak, but are often difficult to understand. Umbrellas will typically develop a small vocabulary of 5 or 6 of their favorite words and phrases.
Loudness: Cockatoos, especially Umbrellas, are among the loudest of the parrot species, so if you’re sensitive to noise we would suggest looking into another species. These are certainly not apartment pets.