Sharon gave some very very good points! I have an Umbrella Cockatoo, named Angel. We got him at 2 months old and hand fed him starting 3 x a day. Let me tell u, an awesome experience! They taught us how to do it, where we got Angel. It's not too hard, but you have to know what u are doing. They can actually block off their air passages to swallow the food (when u syringe feed), and it has to be done properly so they don't aspirate. I was so nervous, my boyfriend did it all himself the first week, but I knew what I was doing and did it myself after that! Here is a link on hand feeding, we were taught to feed Angel with a syringe.
First, you must think of how much time to spend with them. They are needy birds, this is true. But we don't mind one bit. Yes, like Sharon said, they can let out a rather loud scream,
but Angel actually isn't so loud. He actually gets loud when I vacuum and my dogs are fighting, lol. We got him right when we were moving out of our apt, I wouldn't suggest an apt for him, as they can get very loud and could get the neighbors mad. Yes they DO produce massive amounts of dust!!
I started a thread about kitty asthma. Turns out my cat has asthma,and it most likely could be caused by Angel's too' dust, so to speak. We give him baths, and put a filter under his cage, to help out Snugs. Although he has been alot better lately. I had NO idea he could get asthma from the dust, keep that in mind too, with humans and other furries. Alot of people are allergic, too. We are contstantly cleaning the surrounding furniture, with all that dust and feather dander.
We know someone with a gray, and he just loves him. Those birds are so neat, and can be awesome talkers! Critter has a grey, she will be able to tell u much more.
From everything Sharon and Jodi say, Macaws sound absolutely awesome!!!! ( But since I have a zoo already, no I can't get one guys!
Sounds like you are doing alot of heavy research. Cockatoos are wonderful and loving birds. They are so smart and very cuddly as well. The hard decision is just trying to find the right bird that will fit you and your families life styles
Life with a too is definately fun and full of suprises! =)
I found a good info site on too's. Just turn the volume down after you get there, they start off by letting you hear how loud they can be! lol
Hope I could help some!!! Let us all know what you decide to get Glider!