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Rescue Group: St. Louis Avian Rescue (STAR)
Cracker is a female Umbrella Cockatoo. She is very quiet when she is happy with her environment. Cracker does the wolf whistle and says her name. She loves grapes, peanuts, and peas. When she is excited she will dance for you with her crest up. We have discovered that she definitely prefers men, and children. We don't know why but women seem to frighten her.
Cracker's favorite thing to do is cuddle in your lap and have you scratch under her wings and give kisses. If you stop petting her she will use her beak to pick up your hand to let you know she wants more. Cracker also augers in just like a dog pushing her head under your hand for attention!
Cracker is not good about staying on her perch or cage. She will come looking for you for attention. She has been known to go after bare feet and can sometimes act territorial when she is being handled by someone she prefers and another person invades their space. But, any biting has been minimal and more threatening than vicious. Cracker has a history of plucking, but that should improve when she feels safe and is getting the attention she needs.
For information on some of the characteristics of this bird, see this Species Profile page: http://www.staravian.org/species_profiles.html#Cockatoo
Cracker's approximate hatch date is 2000, and his adoption donation is $500.