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Swearing Cockatoo’s hilarious temper tantrum

November 11, 2013 | By Abraham | 100 comments

When this cockatoo was rescued and then adopted a couple years ago, it arrived in its new home with a less-than-polite vocabulary and attitude. The new owner talks to the bird with firm and pleasant aplomb and we get to enjoy the resulting “fight”…

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  1. Lindsey says:

    Oh man, the body language of the bird was dead on! It is crazy how much they pick up! My grandpa had a little quaker parrot that he taught to say “kiss my grits!’” and “rub my feet!” among other more pleasant conversation. Never would get one myself… I was always afraid it would take a chomp at my nose… I find it humorous that I have an 80 lb muscle machine with a mouthful of pointy teeth follow me around all day, but I would screech in terror if a bird landed on my shoulder.

  2. Slayerwulfe (@slayerwulfe) says:

    not a serious situation but i think i heard younger say “mom i spilled your coffee” i wonder what it would be like to grow up in that home listening to that all day everyday.
    slayerwulfe.

    1. Kathy Schroeder says:

      This bird is in a new home. The new owners can retrain the bird to say nice things. They are smart, and will soon notice “Nice talk gets rewarded. As far as the youngster is concerned, it is a good way to open dialogue with her about how not everyone speaks using nice language, but that in “our house, we do use proper language. It is also a lesson in how unfortunate the poor bird was taught that. It could go a step farther, by teaching, careful what you say, because a younger child, (or the bird) might hear you and repeat it. If handled as a teaching lesson, this child will be given proper tools to live by.

      1. janette coady says:

        Can’t help but feel sorry for any children that may have also been living in the same house as the poor parrot and surrounded by such an abusive and traumatic home life

        1. Scott S says:

          The bird did NOT have a traumatic life in the least, If it did it would have plucked it’s own feathers from its chest and wings. this bird is in BEAUTIFUL condition. Someone just thought the colorful language would be funny to teach it. And once a bird learns to talk it keeps learning more. This past year we lost ours to a virus at 35 years of age, they are wonderful pets.

  3. Slayerwulfe (@slayerwulfe) says:

    i like that U commented on the body language but i hope U will rethink, it doesn’t understand what it is saying only that it was required to say it and posture to exist in an unnatural environment.
    slayerwulfe

      1. smiavs says:

        I think the word you’re looking for here is grammar or syntax, because with the exception of ‘you,’ everything is spelled correctly.

          1. lily says:

            Wait, you don’t know what “exception” means, but you’re complaining about situational vernacular? /feedingtrolls

    1. Stephen Ervin says:

      Actually, parrots have been shown to be able to use language as we do. Google a famous bird named Alex who was trained by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. Alex understood commands and was able to put words together to describe unique situations. Further study has indicated that parrots at least do have some understanding of what they are saying.

    2. Scott S says:

      the body language is natural to the bird, they are clowns in nature and captivity. the mimicking is also a natural skill they have. You can not MAKE them do anything they do not want to do, but once they catch on that their antics cause joy they get into it and have fun performing. They even do it for other birds. Cockatoos are also extremely affectionate with people they are not afraid of. So YOU need to learn of what you speak, I’ve worked with them literally for decades, Mine would even play catch with the dog, and curl up with him for naps. Not taught to do it, but self learned behavior…

  4. alechsa says:

    I can only imagine the house that poor bird grew up in. He’s in a much more loving environment now, clearly, and learning that humans will not just scream and shout at him for being the naturally noisy creature he is.

  5. Marcia Keillor says:

    @ Salywuife – I don’t believe that this bird knows that he is swearing, but they do understand what they are saying. I have a bird that when we enter the house after being out, she will say hello and keep saying it until everyone has said hello back. Birds are very intelligent.

    1. C Hobbs says:

      Just say F**K a bunch of times and you’ll pretty well have it all. It was funny BUT…I’d like to see the new owner give the bird more soothing tones and loving words to hear. I can’t help but think that it understands the harsh tone and volume just fine, thereby making it a bit stressed. These birds live a very long time and deserve a happy life.

      1. Erin says:

        The new owner is using a firm tone because parrots have the brain of a two year old so you have to be firm with them to get them to listen and do as they’re told. The owner does give him loving words especially at the end where he says ‘give me a hug’ and ‘that’s my baby’.

        1. Terri Leinneweber says:

          I believe that you are incorrect about the firm tone. The guy figured it out, yes he did. As soon as he started talking nicer to the parrot, the parrot returned to sanity. When the guy first ordered the bird to step up, he did it in a gruff tone, and the bird went off on him.

          1. Kait says:

            I think the whole point of this was obviously for show…I don’t think he actually was trying to get him to step up in that tone, rather to just get the reaction that was recorded…sad to think of the abuse that the poor thing went through though to get a reaction like that…that thought distracted me from the whole funny part of the video, unfortunately….

      2. Jay says:

        I totally agree. The man’s aggressive tone is what’s creating the bird’s reaction. If he were more soothing and gentle with the bird, the bird would respond accordingly.

        1. Becca says:

          Yep, he was using the tone specifically to get the reaction he got. It was intentional for the sake of getting it on video.

      3. Janelle says:

        C Hobbs, I couldn’t agree more . . . although many perceive this as being a cute video, clearly this Umbrella’s former life was a stressful one, and he reacts accordingly when talked to in an aggressive or defensive manner. I, too, would prefer to see the new owner being kinder, gentler and more low key when speaking to his bird. Perhaps he is doing this just to create the video, knowing the reaction to come. Whether the “Shut the f*ck up” was something being screamed to the bird, or someone in the bird’s former home, this bird was angry and very worked up during the video. The owner was scolding him/her in a very disapproving tone, yet stopped to cuddle him in the middle of the scolding. Confusing to the bird as he isn’t probably certain what, if anything he really did wrong. Beautiful bird, glad he’s out of the former home, but hope he can be worked with using positive reinforcement and steer him away from the angry “argument” seen here. Not criticizing here – - just observations.

        1. DBS says:

          I totally agree. I live with a beautiful, gentle cockatoo and I’ve learned a lot about her feelings and body language. Though the video was funny in a way, it still disturbed me because the bird was obviously confused and annoyed. Getting a creature upset like that just for a funny video is selfish. But still, there is obvious affection and trust between them, and it ended on a touching note. I wouldn’t make fun of my bird like this though. It’s feelings matter to me a great deal.

          1. Scott S says:

            This bird was neither confused nor annoyed both would have resulted in introverted behavior. The birds plume would not have been up and wide spread it would have been closed and forward showing aggression, what it was doing was showing playfulness and an actual loving action similar to a mating dance. it didnt try to run from the owner, instead it simply got louder and more vocal, actions that actually are demanding of even more attention, so the more he gave it the more the bird responded. if you will note also, as birds go, it’s vocalizations were deeper in tone than normally exhibited, so apparently it was taught to speak by a man, and the tone the owner was using seemed to strike a cord with his feathered friend. Stressed Birds dont vocalize, they get quiet, and they pluck their own feathers. This bird was too well feathered to have ever plucked, and was far from quiet, AND it also knew what hugs and being petted were. So your ideas about it being put under stress are far off base, and if you pay attention to the background you will notice several large bird cages in the next room, so it isnt the only large bird in the house.

      4. terri s says:

        I think the new owner was using the loud tone of voice just to get the bird to demonstrate his language ‘skills’.

  6. Annie says:

    It sounds as if they’re both as bad as each other.. n the man is saying ‘pull my finger!!’ n the bird is, rightly, saying ‘this is f*cked up, etc!!’
    Hard to believe the parrot doesn’t know, at least the gist of, what he’s saying.

    1. Chris says:

      He did not say “pull my finger” he was however saying “get on my finger” and “step up” which is some of the terms we breeders use in how parrots are trained when we are handraising them! This bird however lived in a household (prior to this one) that was abusive and a place where atleast one person in the household yelled at him and others :( and he picked it up very well BUT having said that I will also say that parrots were given their name for a reason because they mimic their surroundings by movement and voice and ARE very intelligent little buggers lol and he may well have even picked up that language from anyone at any time eg: builders working on site at the house where he lived or close by/ someone who stopped at the house to visit and things might have exploded into a fight where everyone was yelling/ or perhaps he was always placed outside and a neighbor who he listened too a lot was the culprit and well all of those are just some examples that could be true. My point is he may have picked up the majority of his vocabulary in a very short period of time or for that matter any period of time because it all depends on the birds willingness to learn and try to communicate with his human family and a parrot WILL pick up everything and no matter how you try to keep certain words from being learned or keep things away from them, they WILL find a way to learn those things. All anyone can do who has one or is planning to get one is to limit their exposure as much as possible and try not to focus on the swearing (if the parrots do it) but to change the subject by saying another word or words and show them another action if they (the parrots) are aggressive or are acting in any manner that you may not want eg: a dog responds to fear so show no sign of fear and NEVER look the dog in the eyes and well it’s a similar thing here with parrots in that you react with virtually the opposite of what he’s doing! I was thinking though that if this bird did infact come from an abusive home then he wouldn’t cuddle in the way he did in the video and would most likely attack the man but he didn’t so I doubt his former residence was abusive toward him…they may have taught him to swear and things but he may have been well looked after.

      1. Chris says:

        For those who wish to know about how I could know so much? It is because I have handraised parrots and continue to do so and I’ve taken in injured parrots and nursed them back to good health as well. While I did all of that over the last 30 odd years lol, I learned so much and I continue to learn and will learn until the day of my last breath because I love working with them and wildlife as well :)

        1. Scott S says:

          If you had worked with birds this long, how is it you can consider the possibility that this bird was abused when it shows NO SIGNS of it? where is the neurotic behavior and the plucking? this is by all outward signs a very well adjusted and healthy ‘too with a bad vocabulary.

          1. Dee says:

            I agree with this. I had an umbrella cockatoo for 10 years — he looked just like this one! — and this behavior here is the behavior of a happy bird. He is just vocalizing loudly – oh, we’re all going to yell now! Fun! If a human is yelling at a bird, the bird thinks it’s time to yell. Birds of a feather – we all yell together. Then the guy laughs at the end and gives cuddles and the bird responds in kind. Yelling time over, time for cuddles. It’s a healthy bird – feathers look great. He’s happy to be out of the cage interacting. BUT – that said, I wouldn’t have my face so close to a bird who is this excited. Even if it’s happy excitement (despite WHAT the words say), that beak can do some damage. If he were truly MAD, he’d be pacing back and forth and bobbing and panicky. He’s not – he’s just excited and wants to get into things. I like the interaction. It tells the bird we can yell now, it’s ok, and then we cuddle. Birds do not respond to NO, or SHUT UP – they think that’s great fun. Yelling! Whee! What cracks me up is that he’s using the words correctly in the right place. Because they’d been used in that place before – he just didn’t know the human was angry with him.

          2. Dee says:

            Oh – forgot to say. You should NEVER let a parrot stand on your shoulder. It puts the bird higher than you (which tells the bird they are higher in stature), and unless you have really really good peripheral vision, you can’t see what the bird is doing. Many an ear has been lost to parrots on shoulders. Also, I think the bird isn’t getting on his finger bc he his finger is way too low. He should touch his belly with the finger so the bird knows it’s there. This should be habit from constant training and rewards.

      2. Laura says:

        I disagree with you that the bird would never cuddle up and be sweet like that if he had ever been abused. It is entirely possible that the bird has been in this man’s care for a long time and has learned to trust and love him. If you have rescued them, you should know that abused birds are not a lost cause. They CAN be rehabilitated with love, patience, and LOTS AND LOTS of time. I had an umbrella cockatoo who was so abused and neglected that he had pulled out almost all of his feathers, was very unhealthy, and MEAN!! We had to keep him in a cage that could be cleaned and feed and water offered without having to open the cage because he was terrified and would attack. Over two years, i worked up to being able to stand by his cage and talk to him without getting him worked up, then petting his back through the bars for just a second, then opening the door without touching, etc. When we had worked up to being able to hand-feed him, I was able to reach in to feed him, but wasnt allowed to touch. I hand fed him while working up to petting and eventually he’d step up. I hand fed him, without being able to take him out of the cage, for over a year. So, yes, it can take years, but they CAN get to the point of trust that this bird shows. By the time he died, he would sit in the recliner with me, lay on my chest, and fall asleep. He was a total sweetheart, and very much like a toddler. I loved him to pieces, and im glad he was able to learn to trust again, and feel loved before he died.

        1. Sam says:

          How sweet… I know what that’s like. I had a little monster cat like that who was a rescue. He had major aggression issues but when he started trusting me more, he was the sweetest cat ever and I absolutely adored him. I feel so lucky to have had him in my life. I’m so glad you got there with your cockatoo and, as you said, he was able to feel loved before he died.

        2. Scott S says:

          There are a lot of misconceptions about this bird. Based on behavior and plumage, it was never abused, and was well taken care of. the previous owner just had an “urban vocabulary” and thought it would be funny to teach the bird one. Now what everyone is neglecting is Cockatoos are not known as good talkers, and this particular bird is exceptional in it’s vocalizations, this means that someone had a lot of patience and took a lot of time with it.

      3. DBS says:

        You’re right about their willingness to learn and their ability to pick up things. They’re VERY intelligent and aware of what is going on. They feel and display as broad a range of emotions as we do. My bird (Cleo) says “Hi Cleo” more than anything else, but you’d be amazed at the variety of tone and inflection she uses.

        What proved to me that it’s her willingness to learn and interest in the subject, was one day when I played “peekaboo” with her. After just 3 or 4 times, all within just minutes, she started to say “peekaboo!” and says it every time I walk into the room or look up at her. She really enjoyed it and understood it.

      4. Catharine says:

        Well Said CHris…I couldn’t imagine that the previous owners would think this was okay…Very sad if there are children in that home and how their language is . :(

  7. Annie says:

    Btw, before anyone puts me straight, I do know that the man wasn’t, actually, saying ‘Pull my finger’.. he just nearly was!! :))

  8. Nancy says:

    He sure is in a very loving home now! It is funny to hear him saying these things but one might wonder in what kind of environment this bird was in.

  9. B says:

    The man knows nothing about parrots. When you have a misbehaving parrot, you never acknowledge its screaming. It only encourages it more. Him loudly voicing back at the parrot only teaches the bird that screaming garners a response from its human. He’ll never break the habit this way.

    1. :D says:

      I don’t think this one interaction proves he knows nothing about parrots. It’s obvious that he and everyone in the room are enjoying the show. It is funny, I laughed. They are just bantering. It’s a cute act between an obviously caring owner and a parrot with some colorful language he didn’t learn in that house. If you have a parrot at all, you are going to have to put up with the noise, he doesn’t seem to really mind ^.^

    2. C Hobbs says:

      I doubt the man is interested in changing it’s behavior. He was egging it on to GET the response he got. I hope he doesn’t do that too often though, and let’s the bird hear more soothing sounds.

    3. specialk says:

      I agree B, I don’t think the person knew what he was doing or else he wouldn’t have encouraged the parrot to continue with the behavior. My only guess is that he was actually doing it on purpose so that he could video it? Either way, the bird was being encouraged throughout the video to behave like this. The man talking loudly, the teenager in the back ground laughing, and all the attention he was getting at that moment for behaving in this way only encouraged him to continue. I also cringe every time I see a parrot on someones shoulder.

  10. ImajeIG says:

    Comment to B: This was not a parrot screaming…. Believe me, you will know a scream when you hear one
    I have a blue and gold macaw, a Goffin cockatoo and a blue crown conure. The screams from the
    the blue and gold will curl your ears. She talks and sings louder than this bird, but parrot screams
    are waaaaaaaay different. We have our early morning screams and dusk screams, keeping in
    with what they do in the wild and we accept it. These are wild and not domesticated animals and
    never will be. They are not suited to most households. All of mine were rescued two from ads in
    in the local paper, one from my husbands ex-wife. Once these birds reach sexual maturity
    they are not so cuddly anymore and that is why they end up in bad situations.

  11. Kelly McCann says:

    Please speak kindly to this bird and perhaps he will learn to speak kindly back. He doesn’t need rough treatment or talk! It’s painful to watch.

  12. jack says:

    There are a few rules when dealing with a parrot safely. This new owner needs to understand that the close face and raised head feathers are aggressive behavior that can quickly lead to permanent facial damage. When dealing with a bird like this, the “step of command” should be rewarded with soothing verbal tones for reward. Then the bird should always be held slightly lower than the person-never at the same height at the head. These two things- rewarding good behavior with a calm and soothing voice in addition to keeping the bird slightly lower and away from the face removes it from a position of dominance and puts in a position of subordination to the owner.

    1. Jan says:

      Right. I think the man gets a kick out of inciting this bird to frenzy, and it may decide it’s had enough some day. I saw it willing to step up, even though he was doing it wrong, and kept pulling his wrongly-pointed finger away. I am sad for this beautiful bird, being aggravated to this point and put on display to entertain others.

  13. Jezzebella says:

    For an umbrella cockatoo to speak like that, he had to be hearing it constantly!!!!! Cockatoos are not very good at speaking at all. You have to work with one and train it, unless it hears it all the time. Thankfully the poor thing isn’t in that situation any longer, but his new family shouldn’t promote this behavior. It well being back bad memories and naughty behaviors. Cockatoos are VERY emotional, and extremely sensitive.

  14. kate says:

    I have a big sulphur crested cockatoo, They love people talking or joking and talking loud or yelling. They know who to carry on with, my mother is 80, When she walks out the bird speaks to her softly, asks for a kiss and is so sweet to her, If the kids walk out feathers and wings are up, he starts talking like a kid laughing screaming crying and calling out names. If blokes walk up to him, he swears dances and gets abit rowdy though he is loved by all and he knows it…but likes playing the roles of who’s around. His huge cage is open though he dosnt like going out and will close the door. They are very smart birds and loving if loved.

    1. Yvette says:

      It is not an Australian sulphur crested – it is an Australian Umbrella cockatoo – go and check it out online…

  15. Eric Kent says:

    The man was saying to the bird To Step Up which is the correct thing to say when you want your bird to step onto your finger. He was ordering the bird to Step Up and the bird was responding with profanities it was very funny and I laughed the man has a great relationship with the bird he trusts him and the bird trusts the man.

  16. Ricky J says:

    It is actually a short billed Corrella, one of which I currently have, along with a pink and grey Galah. They are indeed very good talkers and are able to pick up and retain a vast vocabulary. Mine dances and sings, gives commands to my greyhound, and berates my children.

    They are a very loving and intimate bird, who’s life span can be anything from 60 to 100 years.

    They are a pleasure to share ones life with.

  17. Arina says:

    I am an owner of an umbrella cockatoo. She is the 3rd hand bird. One of the owners was a lady with bipolar.

    I have had my cockatoo for 7 years already, she must be around 20 year old now.

    You cannot shout or speak with cockatoos in elevated voice. Theses birds immediately pick up your emotion and become overly agitated. Very calm approach, confidence, and quiet but firm voice is a must. It’s one of the reasons why cockatoos don’t like little children: too many commotion, noise and wild emotions overwhelm them easily.

    Umbrella cockatoo is one of the sweetest parrots I am familiar with. They are loving, tender, friendly and sweet. Just don’t overwhelm them, even when it looks and sounds funny. Keep you energy down.

  18. Charlene says:

    This guy is a ventriloquist. Watch his lips. The words are formed on his lips while the bird is supposedly saying them. This isn’t the bird talking. FAKE.

    1. corleen miller says:

      My cockatoo talks all the time, he says upwards of 60 words all at appropriate,Every day when I come home from work I get greated with a hello,I love you.

  19. Jenni says:

    Everyone has a comment about what should or shouldn’t be done. I recently read a book about rescued Macaws and Cockatoos. It focused mostly on Macaws that are kept illegally in the US. One woman who had a rare breed macaw, the species escapes me right now, surrendered it. It was returned to the Peruvian Rain Forest after some retraining. He is still there after 20 years. They know it is him, as he is heard frequently flying through the tree canopy swearing in Portugese. This is a true story.

    I believe this man and this bird are very bonded. My female Too will speak to me in her “little girl voice” if I ask her to, as well as scream, laugh and talk in a normal voice, and when at play – hang on. Now that is some kind of noise. My male will always speak to me in a child’s needy voice. He never yells or screams. Feather plucking and cage aggression are not always about abuse. For the record, I have a African Grey Congo as well, who despite our efforts has never sworn after 10 years in our household. He will call the dog, ring the phone, cheer on the Red Sox, call my husband and tell my daughter it’s time for school, etc, but he won’t swear!

    1. Lynda Yurchevich says:

      Karla, I just have to say that your comment made me laugh a lot harder than this video did. Thanks for that! :)

  20. corleen miller says:

    I have had a umbrella for 9 years. I adopted him when he was 2.He is the light of my life, nothing says love like hearing when I come in from work a big I Love You. Whimpey and I will argue like the video, but its all in fun, we are actually playing. The worst thing Whimpey says is Oh Shit , when he drops something, actually its pretty cute.Yes, birds are very smart, and I love my Whimpey to death, he is a ray of sunshine!!!

  21. Sherman says:

    This is completely messed up. This guy thinks he’s cute, and he’s just using the bird to try to prove it. That poor bird needs a calm environment, not this show boating loser.

  22. little birdies says:

    Am I the only parrot nutter & lover here who had a good laugh at that? Yer sure, he’s been taught foul language, tut tut. The owner was coaxing him on, you could see it & obviously there is a lot of trust between them that they can do this comfortably & the bird can stop when he should. Both bird & human were having play time.

    Cockatoos show a LOT of comical movements & behaviours when they sing, dance & talk. It’s just what they do. They’re a comical bird. Only ‘bad’ thing about this video was the bad language. That is it.

    Thanks for putting up the video, I enjoyed it :)

  23. Jan says:

    If you continue to yell at the bird, you will continue to be yelled at right back. Spend time speaking kindly and rationally, and eventually the bird will change tone and words. Maybe will always keep the old, but you may have a much more pleasant new most of the time.

  24. rebecca dimino says:

    You can analyze this all you want..it is still the funniest damn thing I have ever seen on the internet..I keep watching it over and over…I love the owner and his patience and the bird is beautiful and SO FUNNY!

  25. Bonnie says:

    As parrots LOVE overreaction and tend to learn BEST when the interaction is exciting, all this guy is doing is making what he considers a funny video. Rather than trying to help the bird unlearn undesirable behaviors. The bird shows more brains than the idiot human.

  26. phillip souther says:

    Over four years a go. I had a cockatoo named fluff. I had to get rid of her due to the fact that i was about to be a father. Fluff knew every cus word out there. It was do to the owners that had her befor me. I gave her to a bird lady in NH. who helps with finding cockatoos a home.if the people in the video read this please e-mail mei think u have my fluff. Better yet i know that her .

  27. Chris says:

    Are people actually psychoanalyzing this video? It was posted for it’s comedic value, not so that everyone would think they are Sigmund Freud and analyze it. Here’s some advice for all of you anally retentive people commenting; just enjoy the humor in life because sometimes all we need is good laugh.

  28. CHoffman says:

    Oh they can speak in context, and even invent their own syntax. My ‘Too could only say “I love you” in a breathless Marilyn Monroe voice, but my Green Cheek was a whiz kid. He would ask where another person was, ask for what you were eating, ask to be scratched (and indicate which body part), ask for “coffee” in the morning (fruit juice in a coffee cup), etc. You found yourself talking with him like a person. Cockatoos are interesting little drama queens. This Umbrella ‘Too is typical of the show off nature of these birds. Just watch it, they are emotionally needy and need cuddles multiple times a day. Their favorite position for a human is reclining on the couch.

  29. caroline taylor says:

    Its very amusing, but you can quite see when watching the man that he he is using the birds body language to do ventriloquism, so as good as it would be to believe its the bird, its not, its the man

    1. Dee says:

      No. This is how cockatoos talk. My ‘too used to say “I love you” like “ah rah roo” — and he would repeat the same thing over and over and over with his feathers up and head going and having a grand time. You just are thinking it’s ventriloquism bc of the interraction. My ‘too would play “reverse” catch with me. He’d throw the ball and I’d go get it then he’d throw it again! I love this video and it brings back a lot of great memories of years of happy interaction. (just get him off your shoulder next time, companion dude)

  30. chris says:

    Well as a bird owner…i find it hard to believe that that bird was “abused” by its previous owners. For one thing abused animals cower away from ppl and that bird was clearly unafraid. He also showed no signs of agression. i have 5 cocketiels (about a thiird the size of this bird) the parent birds bit hard, but because i hand raised the babies and treated them like i did my children with love and respect now my children swear and occationally so do my birds. however i think of them as poor or unfortunate or abused they’re spoiled ass rotten you guys need to relax. Take a look around. there is much more important things to worry about…like the actual world we live in. swearing birds really don’t bother me that bad

  31. Denise says:

    I can,t believe some of you people are getting nasty with each other over this very very funny video!! The bird is OK now. But, I do have one question for the ones who are so concerned about this bird who is doing well. DO YOU EAT TURKEY ON THANKSGIVING DAY???????? NOW YOU CAN SHUT UP!!!!:-) :-) :-) :-)

  32. Ray Castro says:

    This was my Bird , I can’t believe after so many years since I sold him I find him on youtube , I’m the one that taught him to say ” Hi Baby ” , and his name at the time was Samson !!!!!!!! I’m still in shock i going post pics of him when I has him………….

  33. LIlhorsegal says:

    This bird came from a failed relationship that used the F word regularly. I have had birds and I have taught them words and I did not teach them words . I had a Blue and Gold Macaw and he picked up sentences . They have the mentality of a three year old .

  34. Josh says:

    First I have to say that the actions of the bird were both funny as heck and almost disturbing. It makes me wonder what kind of home that he was rescued from. Also it is great to see this man take the time to adopt and obviously love the bird, Kudos to you. I must be honest though .. it did make me laugh a lot.

  35. Amanda says:

    I have been reading comments for quite a while now. Has anyone considered the fact that birds are just as individual in personality as we are? Some like yelling, some like quiet. Some cuss, some don’t. Some understand pranks, some don’t.

    I’ve never been lucky enough to own a bird, myself, but I’ve met several, and I’ve seen a very wide variety of personalities in cockatoos alone. Huggers, talkers, stand-offish birds; I even had a conversation with one who said hello to me as I walked by in a pet store to get me to stop by his cage. His ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers had me seriously thinking he knew exactly what I was asking as I talked to him.

    My take of this bird is he’s healthy, and showing sass right back at the fellow because his previous owners thought it was fun, and apparently this one, too. Other comments about his body language seem accurate to me. He’s dancing and showing off, and being rather dominant to the point I was just waiting for an ear to get nipped at some points. He was obviously comfortable, though, and while just a bit unsure about the ‘step up’ and hug, I bet it won’t take much at all to gain the full trust he really wants to give. Personally, I would be more soothing and quiet, but I think he’ll do quite fine just as is. He can obviously hold his own in that situation. *chuckles*

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