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Umbrella Cockatoo from Tucson, AZ
Tiki (short for Tequila Rose)

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In November of 2000, I walked into Petsmart in Missoula, MT to buy a dog toy for my cocker spaniel and walked out $2,500.00 poorer with Tiki, a 6 month old umbrella cockatoo, and a huge, Macaw-sized cage. I never had a bird other than the canaries we had as kids, so I got on the internet to see what I got into. Needless to say, I learned an expensive lesson about impulse purchases. Of course it wasn't her fault that I was so ignorant so I decided I would give her the best possible life I could. Instead, she gave me a much richer life and more love than I could imagine.. Awards
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Hi! My name is Tiki (short for Tequila Rose)

I am an Umbrella Cockatoo from Tucson, AZ.

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16 years old   F

Umbrella Cockatoo

Low sodium Wheat Thins
Soy cheese
peas in the pod
low sodium tortilla chips
chicken bones (digs out the marrow)
red pellets in her pelleted food
safflower and sunflower seeds

cement perch in front of cage
nest box
Mama's bed
On Mama and anywhere Mama is

rattan furniture
things that resemble snakes
large black objects (like garbage bags)
the muppets

She thinks I'm the most loving bird in the world. She can't imagine life without me. I call her "Baby Girl", and anyone else that I know well. When I meet someone new, I say "Hello!" but if I know them, it's "Hello Baby Girl!", even the guys. She tells me she loves me everyday and loves to snuggle. I've even been taken camping in the mountains where, at night, she sleeps with me in her sleeping bag.
She believes I'm an angel on earth. Since I will out-live her, she will have her 8 year-old niece take me when she can't care for me anymore. I already know and love her, so I feel the transition will be an easy one. But I know I will miss my loving friend.

I have a certain blanket I like to hide under. I always like to take it when we go outside. In fact, I won't come out of my cage to go outside if you don't have my blanket with you. Also, I like you to scratch my wing feathers as I'm scratching the side of my head with one claw. I also like part of my cage covered at all times in case I see any "Monsters" outside. I can duck behind the covered part so they can't see me. I hate the muppets on TV. For some reason they make me freeze up when they are on..


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  Thank you so much for your comments!!!

Come visit me, Tiki (short for Tequila Rose).

12/25/2011 07:31.14 PM Report This Comment  
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  Hi tiki
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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  Hi Tiki
My name is Roxy and I am an Umbrella too. Just thought I would drop you a line to say Hello. I have a nice home in Virginia Beach and like you I love my mom more than anyting. (except food) Dad is writing this. He does my secretarial work for me. Leaving you a vote. Drop by and see me sometime. Bye bye.

Come visit me, Pearl, Scout the Cape Parrot, Barry, Snow White and the Seven Tiels & Roxy.

08/24/2009 01:06.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Tiki
What a pretty girl you are, welcome to BC. I'm Romeo a male umbrella. I've been here over a year and let me tell you it's loads of fun getting to know all the birdies on here. I hope you will stop by and visit. Romeo

Come visit me, ~CoCoPuff~, ~Rusty~, ~ Romey~ & Our Angel Wings Toy Shoppe.

07/26/2009 07:10.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiki
Welcome to the BC. You sure are a magnificent looking bird. Read your story and my mom did not know what she was in for either. My home cost $500.00 plus I had an infection that cost another $400.00 and I am only a Hahns Macaw. However after 2 years I am loved more than the dogs. And my parents really love there animals. So glad to hear you are both tight now. Here is my vote for you. Please come and vote for me and check out my blog.

Hugs & Kisses,
Sweet Pea

Come visit me, Sweet Pea.

07/20/2009 04:28.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome Tiki
I love your story. I am a Goffin's cockatoo and quite a screamer. I've been through a few homes, so I am just getting used to this one. My Mom has made plans for all of us too because we will all outlive her. Her granddaughter babysits us sometimes and I really like her, so I know I'll be happy with her. I just say "Hi, Charlie", "what", "love you", and "good". Rather limited vocabulary, but it works for me. I voted for you...Charlie

Come visit me, Jewely, Snowball, Pepper, Gable, PC, Kaylib & Charlie.

07/19/2009 12:02.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiki
Welcome to BC. You are a beutiful bird! I am a smaller version of you - a goffin. I am really silly and do a lot of funny things for my family. Please stop by and visit us. I am voting for you tonight.

Come visit me, Hilda (even though I am a boy), Sunny & Pierre.

07/18/2009 06:28.05 PM Report This Comment  
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