My name is Tico!

Cockatoo for adoption in Elizabeth, Colorado - Tico
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The Gabriel Foundation

Facts about Tico

  • Breed: Cockatoo
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 5388
Umbrella Cockatoo
Cacatua alba

"Tough love" takes on a new meaning with Tico. This boisterous male Umbrella cockatoo has a busy beak and requires continuous activities to keep him engaged and busy. Not only does he love to fracture wood into tiny pieces, he also loves investigating boxes and new objects. Upon meeting, Tico's blossoming raised crest and flexed contour feathers suggest excitement and curiosity, while the sound of his voice speaks otherwise; with the softest tone and clear pronunciation he will great you with a simple "Hi Tico". Despite his soft side towards patient interactions, Tico's a tough guy when it comes to the flock dynamic. Within the TGF outdoor aviaries Tico is known for acting big and making his presence known. This is a normal behavior for a bird in the wilds of the outdoors, but it doesn't always serve Tico well with other cockatoos in his same flight. Tico has learned many things since his arrival at TGF in 2003, including stepping up. Given a patient and experienced caregiver who is familiar with the nuances of cockatoo behaviors, Tico is sure to display the cornucopia of speech and interactive behaviors he has learned in the decade-plus he's been at TGF. He will no doubt continue to surprise and enchant those willing to keep him busy and challenged to keep up with him..

Umbrella cockatoos are native to Indonesia and hold an average weight of 450g. These brilliant birds are also known as the White Cockatoo due to predominant color of their contour feathers; white! Umbrella Cockatoos do have slight yellow coloration around the posterior on the bottom of the tail feathers and beneath their wings. Their erect crest feathers that open and close like an umbrella is what the White cockatoo is generally called. Like many parrot and cockatoo species, White cockatoos nest in hollows with trees requiring the beak for proper modification of the dwelling. Keeping Tico busy with woods to replicate this natural behavior has proven to be very positive for him and is a great way to produce kindling for your next roaring fire when you go camping. If that's not an option, wood shreds make great compost material.

Primary Color: White
Secondary Color: Yellow
Weight: 0.529
Age: 27yrs 9mths 3wks

About The Gabriel Foundation

Our Adoption Process...

The Gabriel Foundation Parrot Adoption Information

We’re delighted you are interested in the birds and programs of The Gabriel Foundation. We have so many wonderful birds in our adoption program just waiting for their forever home! You’ve taken the first step toward adding a feathered friend to your family.

What is the adoption process?
We ask that all adopters begin the process by taking a tour of the Aviary in Elizabeth where the majority of our birds are housed. This will allow you to see a variety of species of birds, see enrichments and housing options and get an idea how the birds are fed and cared for on a daily basis. We will also ask that you fill out an Adoption Application. We use this valuable tool to help us find a bird that fits with your personality, lifestyle, experience and expectations. There is a required class called Beyond Birdie Basics, which is offered every month as an online class through a Yahoo group. We also offer the Mini Birdie Basics class for those interested in the smaller species of parrots such as Cockatiels, Lovebirds and Budgies. Once you have chosen the bird (or birds) that you wish to take into your family, we will do a home visit to help you get everything ready for your new feathered companion.

What if I already have birds in my home?
Great! You have some idea what you are getting yourself into! Every bird that comes into The Gabriel Foundation is screened for viruses and general health. We require birds in the home of the potential adopter to meet those same standards – for the health and safety of our birds as well as theirs. The medical requirements have been set up by our Medical Director, Dr. Noel. A copy of those requirements will be provided.

What are the fees involved in adoption from The Gabriel Foundation?
There is a $75 ($45 for smaller birds) application fee. This fee covers a one year membership to The Gabriel Foundation (or one year extension if you are already a member – value $25), the Beyond Birdie Basics class (value $15), an educational DVD called “Captive Foraging” (value $25) and a book called “A Parrot for Life” (value $20). Regardless of whether you choose to continue with the adoption process or not, these educational materials will be extremely helpful when you do bring a new bird into your home.

The adoption fees vary from bird to bird. The adoption fees range from $50 for the smaller species of parrots up to $850 for the larger Cockatoos and Macaws. Once you have chosen a specific bird (or birds) we can give you an exact fee. In general, you can expect to pay an adoption fee that is approximately 50% of what you would pay from a private party or retail operation.

How long does the adoption take to complete?
Generally, depending on how quickly you “connect” with a bird, you can expect the adoption process to take between 6-10 weeks for the bird to come to your home. There is a 90 day probationary adoption period initially during which time you will be asked to send regular reports to us on how the adjustment is going. At the end of the 90 days, assuming all is going well and you wish to make the bird a permanent member of your household, permanent adoption paperwork will be sent for you to complete.

It seems like The Gabriel Foundation makes the adoption process very difficult! Why is this?
The combined years of experience we all bring to The Gabriel Foundation ranging from veterinary medicine, aviculture, companion parrot care and parrot welfare has helped develop a protocol that sets the birds up for the best chance of success. It is not our intent to frustrate anyone or make it impossible to add a bird to your family. We take the responsibility for each bird in our care very seriously and we want them to be successful in their new home. We take time to make sure the new family has all the tools needed for long term success. We are invested in the lifetime of each bird that comes through The Gabriel Foundation and we appreciate that you are taking the time to commit to that same level of care.

A downloadable Adoption Application is available on our website