This is Bandit, He has a vocabulary of around 200 different words and speaks them in sentances that he puts together himself at will. UPDATE: Unfortunately, I left my bird with my “best friend” to care for him while I had to take care of family business and he took him to a pet store in Florida and when I found out, he was already sold. I want my bird back and if there is anyone that can help me out, I would love it. I miss him dearly. Bandit was in a pet store near Englewood, Florida. If anyone has any information about where I might possibly locate his new owners, I would greatly appreciate it.
FURTHER UPDATE: Bandit is still missing. During our family crisis, we moved to Indiana. Prosecuting from a 1000 miles away is not economically possible for us. However, we did seek advice and since we can’t locate the receipt from where we purchased Bandit ($1200), we were told that proving we were the owners of Bandit would not be impossible but would be difficult. Then the cost of prosecuting beyond that. No, we obviously do not talk to guy responsible for the theft. However, we heard that he was telling everyone that I gave him the bird as payment for money we owed him. Funny thing is, we never owed this man any money for any reason. Of course it’s not a far stretch for a thief to also be a liar. This video is our memory of Bandit and we appreciate all the kind words and sympathy from all who have posted comments. Thanks!


    22 replies to "Talking Sulphur Crested Cockatoo"

    • vergus bey

      Sorry to hear that, the 45 solution always work. 1911 Colt .45 works well, go to the pet shop and shot some round around, until he talk. good luck !

    • Fawaz Moosa

      At what age does a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo start to speak…??

    • Goldenbridge Africa

      I came here to see this type of bird as one flew to my balcony in Dubai form god knows where !i rescued him now he is with me until the owner find him or until finding for him the best new place because of my two cats unfortunately can’t keep him !but really shh am amazing sweet bird who likes to cuddle just one day with him and I love him !all of u out there take care of ur dear beloved animals they r family

    • Sheepdog1314

      small cage for a macaw

    • Mogumbo Gono

      That's some "best friend." Don't you have any other friends? No family? You couldn't board the bird at a local pet shop, or at a veterinary clinic? (Our vet boards dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, etc.)
      There has to be more to this story. If you said you'd left the bird with a casual acquaintence you recently met, this could be chalked up to stupidity. Who in their right mind would entrust something worth thousands of dollars to a casual acquaintence? On the other hand, a "best friend" is someone you've known for many, many years. You know their character sufficiently that you'd be able to trust them implicitly and you wouldn't make a monumental blunder like this. 
      But of course, there's more to this than you're telling here. And I wouldn't really care, except your actions are totally unfair to your lost pet.

      Didn't you even call the cops?! Grand theft is a felony, and this theft certainly qualifies. 

      Your "best friend" can't just say you owe him money, so he took your property. He has to go through the legal system first, before he can personally sell your property like that. Otherwise, anyone caufght with stolen goods could just say the owner owed them money, so they took their property in payment. There's a lot more to this than you're telling people.

      And it sounds like you didn't even talk to a lawyer! Their consltations are usually free. If not, the cost is minimal — and from the looks of things in your video, you can afford the $50± that some of the more money hungry ones might charge. But it looks like you're more worried about a few bucks, than getting Bandit back. *W*ednesday, **Thursday, *F*riday??!? Get your priorities straight!

      And enough with the carp about your "best friend" stole your pet and sold him to a pet store… but now you're afraid to go after him or the store. Quit whining, and stop begging strangers to find your pet for you. Instead, DO SOMETHING. If you care for your pet like you say, you have legal recourse. Being in a different state doesn't matter either, you can subpoena your "best friend" and make him appear. If he doesn't show, the judgement is automatic.
      Or, fight fire with fire: get someone to give you a receipt for your original purchase of the bird, and haul the thief into court yourself. You don't even need a lawyer, just use your local Small Claims system. With this video and a couple witnesses to vouch for you, you'll get a judgement against your "BFF." You might not get the judgement promptly paid, but at least you'll have a judgement to record against him — and against the store too, if you do it right.

      Why do you think lawyers name everyone they can in any lawsuit they file?  If a business is named in an expensive lawsuit, they'll be happy to drop a dime on the perp. But they won't do it without a little incentive — like being a named Defedant in your lawsuit.
      In this state the small claims limit is now $25,000. With this video and a couple of witnesses, you should have no trouble winning a Small Claims lawsuit for that amount. Then record it in your County and the County the perp lives in, and in any other County you suspect he might reside in. (The cost here is $8 to record a judgement). Then if he ever wins a lottery, or buys a house, or gets a legit job, or gets married to someone with assets, or gets an inheritance, or buys a car, etc., you can collect — plus interest. (Here, judgements are good for 10 years, and it's an easy matter to extend it for another 10 years.)

      You're not telling the whole story here, but at least be fair to your pet. That parrot wants to be back with you as much as you want it back — probably much more. So instead of begging strangers in a YouTube video to find your pet for you, get busy finding Bandit yourself. 

      It can be done, and you have enough info already, so get cracking. 
      Bandit needs rescuing. Show some loyalty. Get busy, and find him!!

      /rant

    • Cyberwolf74

      WTF! Seriously he sold your bird…..? there a special place in Hell for that person.

    • Haisamu Kun

      I have a sulphur cockatoo. but yes, my parrot is crazy and screaming when the AC is at 23°C lol

    • iSimply

      Nigel?

    • Secret agent Randy Beans

      I would beat that dude so badly he'd be lucky to live. You don't mess with someone's animals.

    • CalCBR

      Beautiful bird, sorry for your loss

    • Dominic Tan

      WE NEED A FUNDRAISER TO COVER THE PROSECUTION COSTS

    • Isaac Malthouse

      Your shitty ex friend needs to go play in traffic. I'm so sorry, I hope you're okay.

    • TheNewfineart

      After watching your video and then reading the comments posted it is obvious that you loved your bird Bandit and he loved you. As tragic and heartbreaking as it is to lose your bird, I am sure that your bird has found a loving home with new owners who is most likely loved and cherished. Assuming that you could ever find Bandit again it would break somebody else's heart to take him from them. As an owner of a 4 year old Sulphur Crested Cockatoo called "Alfie", I bet you don't miss the random high-pitch screaming and the daily destruction of anything and everything that he can get his beak round. Somewhere along the line, that person who deprived you of the bird you loved and gave a loving home to, will have to experience a similar ordeal that you went through. As with all things in life, it is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.

    • mike wilbur

      these birds are smuggled out of australia as young breeding couples…in very cruel methods with many dying

    • Thuria Ramadan

      I WELL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR BIRD I NOTICED ITS LANG TIME AGO

    • Thuria Ramadan

      HELLO WE WISH YOU THE BEST SORRY FOR YOUR LOST DO YOU HAVE INSTEGRAM I LIKE TOO SEE PIDTURES OF YOUR BEAUTIFL COCKATOO

    • jaspher gamanay

      Nice scarlet macaw tho

    • Rattman's Best Friend

      nigel in a nutshell

    • Mind Blowing

      Wow who needs enemies with friends like that. I would have thumped the crap out of him to do such an asshole of an act..

    • Vic64Y

      IMPORTANT WARNING FOR PET BIRD OWNERS : The food that we normally give to the canaries (and other companion birds) consisting of a "complete, balanced and top-quality seeds mixture" bought in pet stores or malls, makes the owners trust that their pet is well fed, but it's not so: indeed the pet birds health is at imminent and serious risk.

      The owners of canaries, parrots, cockatoos, parakeets, cockatiels, etc., WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC BIRD BREEDERS AND VETS and keep in mind that although we feed them with such a typical seeds mixture, our birds are very likely in danger of suffering an unexpected, painful and practically inevitable PREMATURE DEATH BY FATTY LIVER DISEASE. Canaries, for example, will surely die at 4 – 6 years of age of the more than 14 that they can live.

      It's sad that pet birds are fated to die early and painfully in so many cases. You have to warn people to avoid it!

      This deadly disease is very common in pet birds but owners usually don’t know or detect it in time. And we can’t imagine that THE CAUSE IS IN THE FOOD ITSELF that we provide to our birds, in which such a typical mixture contains low-fat seeds such as canary seed together with other VERY fatty seeds such as niger, hemp or nabine and, in addition, the birds usually prefer to eat the fatty seeds so that their REAL DIET is unbalanced by excessive fat, gradually causes the fatty infiltration of the liver and in a few years causes fatty liver hepatitis and PREMATURE DEATH to pet birds.

      Also the breeding paste and its pigments and the sunflower seeds can attack the liver if they are taken too much or for too long.

      It's a cruel disease that progresses silently and, when its unexpected symptoms begin, they are easily confused with other ailments so the owners usually postpone the visit to the vet at a time already critical for the life of the bird (besides that not all vets are trained to recognize this elusive and misleading disease, even to administer lipotropic and regenerative liver protectors in curative doses, just in case it's that and not a supposed blow). It's a process of slow and asymptomatic progression, but when their visible symptoms begin (acute phase) the disease accelerates.

      SYMPTOMS OF THE ACUTE PHASE OF FATTY LIVER DISEASE : First, emotional decay or progressive lack of interest, hard belly (in many cases, with a dark spot with a half-moon shape on the belly, which seems a "tumor", to see it you have to wet your fingers to remove the down), falls from the sticks of the cage that seem for "errors of calculation" and then lameness (that make believe that they are by the previous falls, but both symptoms are due to that it hurts the liver), lack of flight and singing, the bird fluffs up his feathers or bends more or less slowly; Then, within a few weeks or a few days, forced breathing with open beak, remaining lying on the floor of the cage near the food, sudden spasms from time to time (which make people believe that the bird is "epileptic" but it are twinges of pain of diseased liver), abundant greenish stools (caused by biliverdin which if it's not fasting, it means hepatic harm), then black and watery (from hepatic hemorrhages), then a strange purplish color of skin and beak, an excessive appetite and the final "improvement" of a few days (in the last phase, the already degenerated liver becomes deflated by what the bird seems to ameliorate), after which it suddenly dies among seizures (which may seem a heart infarct).

      For the first symptoms the liver has already degenerated to 80% and only an urgent (and accurate) vet action can save your bird and revert the liver situation. If you simply feed your bird with the loose seeds mixture (even if you give it fresh fruits, vegetables and let it exercise, for example by letting it out of the cage at home), right now your pet's liver is degenerating, and neither you nor your bird know. Without liver protectors, it's almost certain that your bird will die early and in many cases you won’t be able to determine its real cause .

      Hepatic lipidosis it's not only deadly by itself when the visible symptoms begin (sometimes even it does not warn at all until few moments before the death). Even before the acute phase it predisposes the bird to suffer infections, as it weakens the immune system. Obese pet birds have an higher risk of many other diseases, like arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Obesity in birds it's not so apparent but it's more dangerous than in other animals like mammals.

      So in addition to giving to the birds lipotropic and detox / regenerating hepatic protectors preventively and routinely, breeders usually make their own mixtures with low fat seeds.

      PREVENTION AND/OR TREATMENT : The time to act is NOW that your pet doesn’t have yet the visible symptoms. It's necessary to ACTIVELY PREVENT THE LIVER DEGENERATION. Fortunately it's easy to do it: It's very advisable to substitute progressively (within some weeks, as per the instructions of the manufacturer) the mixture of loose seeds for some pellets compound food of seeds, fruits and vegetables (preferably those that already include liver protectors), because this prevents the bird from filtering and eating mostly the fatty seeds (but without insisting if the bird does not get accustomed to eating pellets because he could die for starvation within a few days) .

      And, whatever the diet, it's CRUCIAL to add to the drinking water or to the food a LIPOTROPIC LIVER PROTECTOR that includes carnitine and / or choline, betaine, methionine, etc., (and it's very convenient to add a DETOX / REGENERATING LIVER PROTECTOR with thistle milk, boldo, artichoke extract) . Liver protectors are not medicine but cheap food supplements manufactured by pet bird vet laboratories that remove the fat from the liver, clean it and favor its recovery. It's essential to add them to the pet birds diet to conserve their liver. It's something that professionals as breeders and vets know, but we the owners usually don't know.

      It are appearing in the market compound feed for pet birds that don’t include fatty seeds and that already include several liver protectors. But the vast majority of owners still confidently feed their birds with the typical mixture of loose seeds with little fat and other very fatty seeds… And their birds continue dying of hepatic lipidosis in a large number of cases (likely, in most cases) . Now we know that, as fatty liver disease develops from the daily food itself, it’s most likely THE FIRST CAUSE OF DEATH OF PET BIRDS, and more so as the bird ages.

      Webs on FLD:

      https://www.beautyofbirds.com/liverdisease.html
      Liver disease is a slow, on-going progressive disease where the liver tissue is replaced with fat. When the liver disease has progressed, the bird may suddenly appear ill.

      https://www.lovinghands.com/forms/Hepatic%20Lipidosis%20-%20Fatty%20Liver%20Disease.pdf
      One of the sadder diseases many avian vets see is that of hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease. It's sad in a number of ways since often the birds are very ill, life-threateningly so, or possibly having died suddenly. Often the owners have been unaware of the dangers of feeding their beloved pet the seeds, peanuts, or other fatty foods the bird obviously loves to eat. These are truly cases of "loving your bird to death". Any bird can fall victim to fatty liver disease.

      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/46105643_Treating_liver_disease_in_the_avian_patient
      Dietary deficiencies of lipotrophic factors such as choline, biotin, and methionine may decrease the transport of lipids from the liver.

      http://www.veterinaria.org/revistas/redvet/n111110B/111004B.pdf
      The clinical manifestations of hepatic diseases in ornamental birds are much more frequent than people could imagine and in many cases they are not appreciated, progress in a silent way and when they are evident, vet action may (usually) arrive late.

      Most any avian symptomatology should be considered as if it were a pathology that could be serious, and not allow the disease to develop because then it will probably be too late. We must closely investigate the symptoms, take preventive measures that don’t harm (such as giving liver and intestinal protectors according to the leaflet) ask for advice from vets, breeders, etc. and procure the most appropriate treatment RAPIDLY, but without rushing in the treatment or with the doses in such small animals. If the days go by and the bird doesn’t improve, it's necessary to continue investigating and, if necessary, change the medication in an informed and contrasted manner. Doing nothing or stopping research usually ends up with the bird dead, but acting without being sure of what is done and in what dose, it likely ends the same way. It's necessary to obtain and confirm the sufficient vet experience and have the serenity to determine in each case whether it's convenient to hasten to do and / or administer what medicine and in what dose, or if it’s better not to do and let the situation evolve without medicating for the time being, or according to the medication that has already been administered.

      A limp in a bird is not always an injury caused by a blow, but the symptom of a disease of some organ (usually the liver or an intestinal disease) that needs to be discovered and treated ASAP. When in doubt, change diet to one with the lowest fat possible (only birdseed, or with other low-fat seeds such as millet, chia, fresh fruits and vegetables) and administer lipotropic and regenerating liver protectors in curative doses immediately… although nothing could foresee a fatal outcome. There are also food supplements protectors of the intestinal mucosa and stimulants of the immune system. In doses according to the leaflets do not cause damage, it will surely save the life of your bird (if it's not too late), and will keep them with a basic wellness.

    • Scrapyard24c

      Hope your "friend" got put into a cage of his own….

    • Vic64Y

      IMPORTANT WARNING FOR PET BIRD OWNERS : The food that we normally give to the canaries (and other companion birds) consisting of a "complete, balanced and top-quality seeds mixture" bought in pet shops or supermarkets, makes the owners trust that their pet is well fed, but it is not like that: indeed the health of the pets is at imminent and serious risk.

      The owners of canaries, parrots, cockatoos, parakeets, cockatiels, etc., WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC BIRD BREEDERS AND VETS and keep in mind that although we feed them with such a typical seeds mixture, our birds are very likely in danger of suffering an unexpected, painful and practically inevitable PREMATURE DEATH BY FATTY LIVER HEPATITIS. Canaries, for example, will surely die at 4 – 6 years of age of the more than 14 that they can live.

      It is discouraging that in a time like nowadays, in which food is studied in detail for other pets such as dogs and cats, pet birds are condemned to die painfully and prematurely in so many cases. You have to warn people so they can avoid it!

      This deadly disease is very common in pet birds but owners usually don’t know or detect it in time. And we can not imagine that THE CAUSE IS IN THE FOOD ITSELF that we provide to our birds, in which such a typical mixture contains low-fat seeds such as canary seed together with other VERY fatty seeds such as niger, hemp or nabine and, in addition, the birds usually prefer to eat the fatty seeds so that their REAL DIET is unbalanced by excessive fat, gradually causes the fatty infiltration of the liver and in a few years causes fatty liver hepatitis and PREMATURE DEATH to companion birds in general.

      Also the breeding paste and its pigments and the sunflower seeds can attack the liver if they are taken too much or for too long.

      It is a cruel disease that progresses silently and, when its unexpected symptoms suddenly begin, they are imprecise, easily confused with other ailments, so the owners usually postpone the visit to the vet at a time already critical for the life of the bird (besides that not all vets are trained to recognize this elusive and misleading disease, even to administer lipotropic and regenerative liver protectors in curative doses, just in case it is that and not a supposed blow). It's a process of slow and asymptomatic progression, but when their visible symptoms unexpectedly begin (acute phase) the disease accelerates.

      SYMPTOMS OF THE ACUTE PHASE OF FATTY LIVER DISEASE : First, emotional decay or progressive lack of interest, hard belly (in many specimens, with a dark spot with a half-moon shape on the belly, to see it you have to wet your fingers to remove the down), falls from the sticks of the cage that seem for "errors of calculation" and then lameness more or less accentuated (that make believe that they are by the previous falls, but both symptoms are due to that it hurts the liver), lack of flight and singing, the bird fluffs up his feathers or inclines more or less slowly; Then, within a few weeks and even in a few days, forced breathing with an open beak, remaining lying on the floor of the cage near the food, sudden spasms from time to time (which make people believe that the bird is "epileptic" or that has a "tumor" but it are twinges of pain of diseased liver), abundant greenish stools (caused by biliverdin which if it's not fasting, it means hepatic harm), then black and watery (from hepatic hemorrhages), then a strange somehow purple color of skin and beak, an exaggerated appetite and the final "improvement" of a few days (in the last phase, the already degenerated liver becomes deflated by what seems to be getting better), after which it suddenly dies among seizures (which may seem a heart infarct).

      For the first symptoms the liver has already degenerated to 80% and only an urgent (and accurate) veterinary action can save your bird and revert the liver situation. If you simply feed your bird with the loose seeds mixture (even if you give it fresh fruits and vegetables and let it exercise, for example by letting it out of the cage at home), right now your pet's liver is degenerating, and neither you nor your bird know. Without liver protectors, it is almost certain that your bird will prematurely die and in many cases you will not be able to determine its real cause.

      Hepatic lipidosis it's not only deadly by itself when the visible symptoms begin (sometimes even it does not warn at all until few moments before the death). Even before the acute phase it predisposes the bird to suffer infections, as it weakens the immune system. Furthermore, obese pet birds have an increased risk of many other diseases, including arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Obesity in birds it's not so apparent but it's more dangerous than in other animals like mammals.

      For these reasons, in addition to administering to the birds lipotropic and detoxifying / regenerating hepatic protectors preventatively and routinely, breeders usually make their own mixtures with low fat seeds.

      PREVENTION AND/OR TREATMENT : The time to act is NOW that your pet does not have yet the visible symptoms. It is necessary to ACTIVELY PREVENT THE HEPATIC DEGENERATION. Fortunately it is easy to do it: It's very advisable to substitute progressively (as per the instructions of the manufacturer) the mixture of loose seeds for some pellets compound food of seeds, fruits and vegetables (preferably those that already include liver protectors), because this prevents the bird from filtering and eating mostly the fatty seeds (but without insisting if the bird does not get accustomed to eating pellets because he could die for starvation within a few days) .

      And, whatever the diet, it is ESSENTIAL to add to the drinking water or to the food a LIPOTROPIC LIVER PROTECTOR that includes the famous carnitine (which is also indicated for humans) and / or choline, betaine, methionine, threonine, lysine (and it is very convenient to supplement with a DETOXIFYING and REGENERATING LIVER PROTECTOR with thistle milk, boldo, artichoke extract) . The liver protectors are amino acids, vitamins (of which they have a protective effect on the liver, such as vitamin C), fatty acids and essential oils that remove the fat from the liver, clean it, protect it and favor its recovery. They are cheap food supplements and it is essential to add them to your pet birds diet to conserve their liver. It is something that professionals as breeders and vets know, but we the owners usually don't know.

      Even, it are increasingly appearing in the market compound feed for pet birds that don’t include fatty seeds and that already include several liver protectors. But the vast majority of owners still confidently feed their birds with the typical mixture of loose seeds with little fat and other very fatty seeds… And their birds continue dying of hepatitis due to fatty liver in a large number of cases (probably, in most cases). Now we know that, as fatty liver disease develops from the daily food itself, it’s most likely THE FIRST CAUSE OF DEATH OF PET BIRDS, and more likely as the bird ages.

      Some web pages that I have found about it (in Spanish). For example, this page echoes the wrong food situation in which these animals are too often: https://www.timbrado.com/malnutricion.shtml

      And on this other page: http://www.veterinaria.org/revistas/redvet/n111110B/111004B.pdf it’s described that the clinical manifestations of hepatic diseases in ornamental birds are much more frequent than people could imagine and that in many cases they are not appreciated, progress in a silent way and when they are evident, veterinary action may (usually) arrive late.

      To remark that, in general, practically any avian symptomatology should be considered as if it were a pathology that could be serious, and not allow the disease to develop because then it will probably be too late. To do this, we must thoroughly investigate the symptoms, take preventive measures that do not harm (such as giving liver and intestinal protectors according to the leaflet) ask for advice from veterinarians, breeders, etc. and administer the most appropriate treatment RAPIDLY, but without rushing in the treatment or with the doses in such small animals. If the days go by and the bird does not improve, it is necessary to continue investigating and, if necessary, change the medication in an informed and contrasted manner. Doing nothing or stopping research usually ends up with the bird dead, but acting without being sure of what is done and in what dose, it likely ends the same way. Finally, it is necessary to obtain and confirm the sufficient veterinary experience and have the serenity to determine in each case whether it is convenient to hasten to do and / or administer what medicine and in what dose, or if it is better not to do and let the situation evolve without medicating for the time being, or according to the medication that has already been administered.

      And that a limp in a bird is not always an injury caused by a blow, but the symptom of a disease of some organ (usually the liver or an intestinal disease) that needs to be discovered and treated as soon as possible. When in doubt, change diet to one with the lowest possible fats (only birdseed, or birdseed with other low-fat seeds such as millet, chia, fresh fruits and vegetables) and administer lipotropic and regenerating liver protectors in curative doses immediately … although nothing could foreshadow a fatal outcome. Acidcare also has protective properties of the intestinal mucosa and stimulants of the immune system. In doses according to the leaflet do not cause damage and will surely save the life of your bird (if it is not too late).

      Hopefully these comments will be useful to save your pet birds from an absurd death and to keep them with a basic wellness.

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