Owning a Cockatoo: Mango’s Story

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Adopting a bird, any bird, but especially a gregarious, large and active Moluccan cockatoo like Mango takes a lot of consideration and planning. And it takes considerable care and attention to keep daily enrichment activities ongoing and creative.

We were happy a few years ago when Mango was adopted to a family in NJ where he was eagerly welcomed. They cared for Mango, were entertained by him, enjoyed how beautiful and interactive he could be, and his intelligent and outgoing personality. Mango seemed to settle in quickly. But the behaviors that are a part of a cockatoo’s normal vocalizations and activity soon became a challenge for the humans in the family. Just a few months later Mango was returned to TGF because the family determined that he made too much noise. For them, daily living with a robust, social cockatoo was an enticing opportunity that soon lost its appeal. The task of keeping Mango’s daily routine enriched, active, social and physically challenged involved more than hugging and petting, watching TV, sitting on a play stand or on the sofa. Frustrated, disappointed and unhappy with Mango’s noise level, Mango returned to TGF.

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Taking on the care and commitment of a large companion parrot is a big responsibility for us humans. We make their world while they are in our care. TGF provides ample opportunity for adopters, volunteers and visitors to experience first-hand the importance of setting up the bird’s environment for success. The rest of Mango’s story is that he did find a home several months after his return. Best of all – he has a small flock of cockatoos in his life and gets to spend time whooping and hollering in the bird room or in the outdoor aviary that his new family built. Even better: no close neighbors to complain.

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1 day ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Adoptions are a family affair! When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely. So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend. Well, she chose *two* new friends: female doves Aiden and Everest. Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves. ... See MoreSee Less

Adoptions are a family affair!  When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely.  So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend.  Well, she chose *two* new friends:  female doves Aiden and Everest.  Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves.

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This makes me so happy- the doves and pigeons get their day sometimes!

Now that's a real success story!

thanks for giving these birds a good home and a BIG HUG to all of you that loved and cared for them!!!

that is very sweet!

Super!

Cute

This makes me very happy. I saw those doves while out at the aviary two weeks ago and I wanted to bring them all home. They aren't as fancy as the hookbills and they don't talk, but they bring a peaceful message.....

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who does it better? Parrot or Rihanna? 😂

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Parrot or Rhianna? Who do you prefer?
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The birdie not only sounds better, she looks better too 😉

Parrot, of course, and that's not because I don't like Rihanna 🙂

Parrot........lost interest in her after she let Chris Brown knock her around and she kept going back for more.

I can't hear it very well but I would naturally vote parrot because I love them.

Wings, er Hands down, the Parrot of course!

Parrot who needs toys and entertainment

Parrot!

the parrot of course smile

The amazon such a great parrot

Perrot of course!

A parrot of course. ...

The parrot.

Parrot

Parrot

PARROT!

The parrot

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4 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.
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Its time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.

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I'll play when you get something besides hybrids.

I missed the Capri. Thanks - I learned something!

Am I getting graded?

Don't have a clue but they are stunning birds!

They are such a beautiful bird, just love them.

they are all so pretty!

Need the answer key!

Lovely!!

I only see one breed! The... Pretty birb!!!!

Anne Tocknell some beautiful macaws here 😊

opws ?

Catalina

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