aggressive male umbrella cockatoo
by dia battilla
(kapaa, hi, usa)
I would love any and all advice.
I rescue and rehome unwanted parrots.
2 years ago we rescued a young male umbrella.
he was very malnourished and skittish.
he appeared to have been harmed with sticks and brooms - for he would appear skittish then lunge and attack.
he was also kept in a dark closet with closed doors - because the people that owned him could not handle the noise:(
on top of that he was fed formula via syringe that was too hot. his sister was fed this first, which killed her:(
he was then fed, which resulted in surgery to remove the portion of his severely burned esophagus:(
a lot of trauma for such a little guy!
so that is his history.
his name is brother - but we prefer to call him Hannibal
after the character in silence of the lambs.
I love this Lil guy dearly.
he has overcome such great odds!
he eats voraciously now! loves to talk and dance! loves to shred boxes and toys!
my huge concern is his aggressive behavior.
after much work he began to step up on command.
this worked for about 4 months and then the attacks began.
he will act totally fine and then he will just turn into a lunging freakish lunatic.
one moment he is saying "I love you" and the next he is trying to dismember you finger.
after 3 rather bloody attacks and stitches, we stopped handling him.
I brought him into living area of the house so he could watch me interact with our well behaved flock and get more social stimulation.
all of my flock is out daily free from their cages for 4-6 hours.
brother I can not pick up, so I would open his play top cage and allow him to play indoors.
he will hop from cage to cage, walk around on the floor and play.
there are no cords in the room that he is in, also nothing that could fall on him.
recently he bagan to lunge and chase my husband and I.
two weeks ago he lunged at my husband and attacked his foot.
my husband shook his foot to get him to release, but brother only sunk his beak in deeper:(
my husband then tried to brush him off with his hand and brother severed off the tip of my husbands thumb!!!
we don't feel that we can rehome him.
I feel that any sane person would probably choose euthanasia over continued blood shed.
I know that he is around 6 and male. also that aggressive behavior is typical with umbrellas around this age.
we do have 7 other birds at home. 2 of them are young cockatoo females - a citron and a Moluccan.
could they be heightening his frenzy?
I have since moved him to an all male ward of the house.
he is with a 17 year old major Mitchell cokckatoo, a 15 yer old blue and gold macaw and a 27 year old miligold macaw.
he seems happy in his newer surroundings, and is letting me pet him and rub his feet.
I still let him play on the cage tops and he has been fine-but the move just happened on Sunday.
he has plenty of toys, eats Harrison's pellets and fresh fruit and veggies in the am and a wholesome warm meal at night.
any suggestions on my next move???
my avian vet suggested a pretty severe beak trim so that when he bites he feels pain.
I am concerned about causing him trauma, having him stressed out or lose interest in food.
but I am also not willing to lose my digits.
would love any and all help you can provide!
one million mahalos,
dia and "brother" aka Hannibal lector