The Umbrellas are large birds from the Philippines, New Guinea, and
a series of islands in the pacific. These cockatoos are very
playful birds that love exaggerated body and head movements. It
is simply delightful to observe their look of surprise when they
raise their crests. If not shown the proper respect and
attention however, a scream may follow to remedy the problem.
For this reason, this may not be a good apartment bird.
However, when many people have
spent some time with the Umbrella, their character and loving
nature is usually enough to win them over enough to overlook
this attribute. They are good talkers and enjoy the company of
people but usually have a favorite. They will require a larger
cage than other species and also frequent time out of the cage.
Many experts agree that this is
one of the most affectionate and social of all parrots. Even
G.I.'s during WWII noticed how easily this parrot was tamed and
its predisposition toward human companionship. Don’t be
surprised if the Umbrella wants to climb under the covers with
you at night! This is a truly remarkable bird.