Happy Birthday Sugar!

The National Aquarium is celebrating a very special birthday today: Sugar, our umbrella cockatoo, is turning 15!

umbrella cockatoo

Sugar’s favorite enrichment activity is tearing up shredded newspaper. He also loves sharpening his beak on wood blocks!

umbrella cockatoo

Don’t forget Sugar’s favorite treats – peanuts and coconut!

umbrella cockatoo

Yum yum yum!

When Sugar gets excited (often by the sight of peanuts or coconut!) he raises his crest of feathers to communicate that to our staff and guests!

umbrella cockatoo

Sugar is one the animals you can see at our daily Animal Encounters and you can often see him in the Overlook!

animal encounter

Sugar LOVES to play in and with tubes!

umbrella cockatoo

Cardboard, PVC pipe, you name it – Basically, he loves anything he can look through!

umbrella cockatoo

Anyone in there?

Stop by National Aquarium, Baltimore today and you might see Sugar during one of our Animal Encounters! 

9 Responses to “Happy Birthday Sugar!”


  1. 1 Meredith December 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Happy birthday, Sugar! What a handsome birdie!

  2. 2 PJHennessy December 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Sugar!
    You are a beautiful bird who seems so happy!
    Best wishes for many more birthdays!

  3. 3 Josh McCullough December 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I love Sugar! He’s adorable!

  4. 4 Kate December 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Birthday, Sugar! :D You’re a beaut!

  5. 6 Cathy December 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Sugar
    may you have many more.

  6. 7 Manatee December 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Aww he is so adorable

  7. 8 Manatee December 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

    HAPPY B-DAY SUGAR!

  8. 9 Manatee December 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    We wish you the best one ever!


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