Swearing Cockatoo’s Hilarious Temper Tantrum

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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15 responses to “Swearing Cockatoo’s Hilarious Temper Tantrum”

  1. BEN says:


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Bill Agans says:

    he was actually sayin’ “step on my finger”.

  5. 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.

  6. :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 ^.^

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Echo says:

    You’re talkin’ stupid, Nunya. They could do a video of you, too, but it would not be cute!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. Carole Bragg says:

    All I can say is that “I Love This Bird”….. And Thank God he is in a loving home with an owner that loves him…

  15. 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.

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