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Did you know that cockatoos can whisper?

Most people think of talking abilities when they think about parrots. But did you know a cockatoo and some other birds can whisper? Onni is a 4 year old baby Umbrella Cockatoo who has been learning to exactly that. He loves nothing more than to whisper sweet nothings to his owner and human mommy, Rebecca Stout. She says it is now one of his favorite activities and ways to communicate with her. Just look at his determination in this video clip! Watch how Onni puts his foot up on his human mommy's mouth to feel how her lips move and to feel her breath in an attempt to figure it all out. Rebecca says that the first time he did this he was very confused, but he was also absolutely fascinated by her whispering. He was relentless in trying to "talk" without using his vocal cords. But he has nearly mastered it now. It seems he has the technique down and all he has to do is learn to enunciate the words better. Can you make out what he is trying to say? The notion that a cockatoo can learn to whisper should be no surprise. Although cockatoo's are not often known for exceptional speaking abilities like some other types of parrots, their intelligence and problem solving abilities surpass that of a 5 year old child. Their emotional intelligence can reach that of a 3 year old and because of that their bond with their owners can be intense. As you can see, regardless if a cockatoo can speak well or not, their desire and ability to communicate is off the charts. A cockatoo's curiosity, stubbornness, and intelligence make them very challenging to live with. They are not for the feint of heart or inexperienced. They require special care and an incredible amount of attention for them to be happy and healthy. Most of all, you need to be ready repay their love and loyalty with a lifetime of commitment. These cuties can live upwards to 80 years old! Onni is an Umbrella Cockatoo. These beautiful birds originate from the rainforests of Indonesia. Because of human encroachment and loss of habitat they are critically endangered. Illegal capture and the sale of these wild birds world wide has also contributed to their decline in the past. Responsible captive breeding has reduced this cruel practice greatly and has even helped increase the population. Even so, Rebecca says that far better to adopt from a bird sanctuary. Cockatoos are one of the most abandoned birds because of their difficulty and long lifespans. There are many sitting in shelters just waiting for love and a home of their own. But be forewarned... who knows what secrets of yours that they will share!

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