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post #1 of 25
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As if my poor kitties don't have enough to deal with already, they are now going to get to meet one (or maybe two) bare eyed cockatoos!

I am the absolute luckiest person in the world that my four are so accepting and don't mess with the birds. . . . . I would like to introduce Sydney and Sky!

This is the female, Sydney



And this is Sky

post #2 of 25
oh gosh! They are so pretty!! I always picture cockatoos with the big yellow thing on top of their heads. They look very sweet
post #3 of 25
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oh gosh! They are so pretty!! I always picture cockatoos with the big yellow thing on top of their heads. They look very sweet
There are actually several kinds of Too's, you are most likely thinking about the Umbrellas. They are a little bigger then these guys. All of the Too's have the crests, you can see Sydney's in the pics of her. The Bare Eyed or Little Corellas like these guys have a much smaller crest then the bigger guys. There are some that are even smaller then the BE2s as well. They are the goffins and are a lot like Sydney and Sky only smaller and without the bare patch.

These guys are coming into the rescue I work with and I am going to have one of them for atleast a while. . . probably indefinately bc I love cockatoos!
post #4 of 25
Aww they're so pretty. Are you gonna teach them to talk?
It's so good how ur fuzzies don't wanna attack them. Tab took no notice whatsoever of my zebra finch, but the day Mitzi got here we shipped him off to my nans, cuz she attacked him!

He's ok though Can you believe he's 7!!??
post #5 of 25
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They actually talk already. Sydney loves playing peek a bo and calling herself/others "hotstuff". They both say both those things plus "I got it!" when the phone/doorbell rings and "hello". I've already heard Sydney call herself a "silly bird" and there is something else she says that I haven't been able to decipher yet. They both know what it means when you snap and tell them to dance and they will start bobbing up and down with the beat. . . . they really have HUGE personalities and I have no doubt they are going to keep me incredibly busy!
post #6 of 25
Aww! I need to get a cockatoo! You should post a video of them doing their thing! lol
post #7 of 25
They are adorable. I have always loved cockatoos but I don't think I will ever have one since they are one of the most needy out of all the parrot species. I already have my hands full with one needy macaw.

If I ever did get one it would be a goffins or a rose breasted though.

Good luck. Please update when they get there and let us know how they are doing.
post #8 of 25
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Aww! I need to get a cockatoo! You should post a video of them doing their thing! lol
Getting some video of them is actually one of the first things on my list. . . I will definately post it when I get a good one. . . they are hilarious!
post #9 of 25
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They are adorable. I have always loved cockatoos but I don't think I will ever have one since they are one of the most needy out of all the parrot species. I already have my hands full with one needy macaw.

If I ever did get one it would be a goffins or a rose breasted though.

Good luck. Please update when they get there and let us know how they are doing.
the part about them being needy?. . . . you can say that again! We have more cockatoos then anything else at the rescue because people can't handle them. . . I would never be able to do this without their support but I've got a lot of good bird people around me so I'm sure I can handle them.

These guys are exactly (personality wise) like the female goffins we have out at the shelter. . . .

I am going to pick them up tomorrow and we are going to take it from there to figure out whether we can split them up or not. . . I'll get some more pictures and post and update then.

What kind of macaw do you have?
post #10 of 25
Good luck. I can't wait to see more pics.

Charlie (my macaw) is a spoiled rotten blue and gold macaw. He is around 5 years old and I have had him since he was 6-7 months old.
post #11 of 25
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Aww. . . I love the macaws but I doubt I'll ever have one. . . My flock already consists of a Red Lored and a Sun Conure and now with these two I seriously doubt I'll be adding any more for quite a while!
post #12 of 25
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THEY ARE HERE!!!

They weren't supposed to be, but they are. . . they wanted them gone like NOW! so they are with me.



post #13 of 25
Aww! They are sooo cute! I can't wait to hear how they are doing when they settle in.
post #14 of 25
Ugh I can't stand people who bear to give up their pets. Sky and Sydney look absolutely adorable, plus it sounds like they've got such winning personalities too. Can't imagine anyone who would give up a bird who calls herself "silly bird" Just thinking about it cracks me right up!
post #15 of 25
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It gets me too when people just give up their animals.

I did spend quite a bit of time with their last owner though and in all honesty, she was giving them up for the right reasons. . . . She probably shouldn't have gotten them four months ago and she was about to have back surgery so she wouldn't have been able to care for them for a while. Her bulldog that she has had since he was a puppy was really allergic to them to. I hate when any animal has to be rehomed but I know she loved them and in a lot of ways I respect her for realizing she couldn't do it anymore and for making sure they went to someone who knew what they are doing.

Here's a link to a short video of Sky dancing. Sorry it's so shaky, I don't normally use the video thing on my camera. . . .I'll get better at it though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD6j6I48stY
post #16 of 25
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I'm not sure if you guys want the full update or not. . . . Here's what I posted on my bird board about them.

I thought I would start a little diary of sorts to keep you guys updated on my journey with Sydney and Sky. They have officially been with me for going on three days and I can already tell you they are going to be a lot of fun but also quite a handful!

Sydney, the female, really likes Matt. She likes me ok but she has decided that I am the evil one that puts her back in her cage so whenever Matt is around, she would much rather be with him which is actually awesome as far as I am concerned. Boomer really likes Matt and I know Matt considers him "his" bird but he is still going to take a lot of work as far as getting him to really appreciate human companionship goes. Sydney loves to be on Matt's shoulder playing peek a bo and getting loved on and that means Matt is falling for her already.

She could take me or leave me when she is out. She normally sticks pretty close to Sky but they don't have a problem being away from eachother really either. She is a total clown and loves playing peek a bo, dancing and tossing me toys to pick up. The only time I have any trouble handling her right now is when I want her to step up so I can put her away. I swear she knows she's headed for the cage and in true cockatoo fashion, she puts up quite a fight!

Sky is the surprising one. I was really worried about him, I really thought he was going to hate me for taking him away from his last owner. He was after all the one that bit me both times I met him over there. He was the one that did not want to come to me. He is a totally different bird then what I expected and he really does like me.

In a lot of ways, he has helped me to answer some questions I had about the bond I share with Peppers. . . . Pepps and I communicate outstandly well and share a bond that is stronger then I ever thought possible. I really didn't think it was possible to add another bird to my flock that I shared even a little bit of that connection with, especially a rehome that I had only met a few times. I was wrong however and I can already tell you for sure that there is something special about the bond that is developing between me and Sky. . . I already trust him enough to let him gently bite my fingers, I was doing it last night and Matt asked me if I was crazy. I tried to explain that I'm not insane, we just have an understanding and I trust him. I think that Matt is a little leary of Sky because he did bite him once already pretty good and now Matt is scared so Sky has the upper hand.

All things considered, everything is going great at my house! I have about a million more things I could tell you about them but I really should get back to work now.
post #17 of 25
I'm glad that everything seems to be going so well. I think that it is kind of good that each bird chose a different person, making it easier on both of you to mainly give attention to one of them more. They both sound like little characters and such sweeties.

Charlie likes to hold my finger in his mouth at cuddle time too..he just gently rubs it with his tongue. I think its easier when you know how to read the birds.

Thank you for the update. I have been wondering how they are settling in.
post #18 of 25
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I just went home for lunch and one of my friends came with me. At first Sky was a little shy, he came right to me but he wasn't too sure who this new person was.

I turned on some music I know he likes and that completely changed! He was standing on top of the cage and head banging to the music and Sydney was throwing her head back and forth in the cage doing the best birdie rendition of the disco move where you point from one corner to another that I have ever seen.

I don't want you to think that I care if they perform, I really don't, they just seem to have so much fun dancing around that it makes me really happy to see them like this already.

I should probably make a diff thread in the other part of this forum and leave this one for just pictures. I might do that later.
post #19 of 25
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It gets me too when people just give up their animals.

I did spend quite a bit of time with their last owner though and in all honesty, she was giving them up for the right reasons. . . . She probably shouldn't have gotten them four months ago and she was about to have back surgery so she wouldn't have been able to care for them for a while. Her bulldog that she has had since he was a puppy was really allergic to them to. I hate when any animal has to be rehomed but I know she loved them and in a lot of ways I respect her for realizing she couldn't do it anymore and for making sure they went to someone who knew what they are doing.

Here's a link to a short video of Sky dancing. Sorry it's so shaky, I don't normally use the video thing on my camera. . . .I'll get better at it though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD6j6I48stY
Oh I see! Well it does seem like she had good reason to give them up... Jumped into conclusions too early *oops* Interesting though, I've never heard of a dog being allergic to birds. I've got lots to learn, especially about birds. Looking forward to your new thread all about Sydney and Sky
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post #21 of 25
Cute pics! How do you tell Sydney and Sky apart?

In fact, for all cockatoos in general, are there any physical traits that differentiate the males from the females... such as size or... anything? I'm clueless about birds!
post #22 of 25
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Cute pics! How do you tell Sydney and Sky apart?

In fact, for all cockatoos in general, are there any physical traits that differentiate the males from the females... such as size or... anything? I'm clueless about birds!

Sky is a little bit bigger/rounder then Sydney. I think that it pretty much runs true with all the cockatoos that the males are or should be slightly larger.

I can tell them apart already by their mannerisms too. . . now in pictures it is a little more complicated.

If I ever really wasn't sure, Sky has a leg band and Sydney doesn't.

You actually can't tell the sex by looking most birds. Unlike most animals their sexual organs are not at all exposed so it isn't easy to tell. Some species have slight color variations. Normally a DNA test is done to confirm the sex of the bird.
post #23 of 25
I love the first pic...they look sleepy.
post #24 of 25
What cute birds. We used to have a 'too years ago but we had to give her away because our cat at the time kept trying to open her cage and get her!
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by CalicoPrincess View Post
Sky is a little bit bigger/rounder then Sydney. I think that it pretty much runs true with all the cockatoos that the males are or should be slightly larger.

I can tell them apart already by their mannerisms too. . . now in pictures it is a little more complicated.

If I ever really wasn't sure, Sky has a leg band and Sydney doesn't.

You actually can't tell the sex by looking most birds. Unlike most animals their sexual organs are not at all exposed so it isn't easy to tell. Some species have slight color variations. Normally a DNA test is done to confirm the sex of the bird.
Thanks for the info!
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