Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo
Cacatua alba


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Psittaciformes
FAMILY
Cacatuidae

Range

Indonesia


Habitat

Prefers wooded areas and are found in forests and open woodland, mangroves, swamps, agricultural areas and are particularly common around the edge of clearings and rivers


Diet

Seeds, fruits, nuts and berries, occasionally insects and possibly small lizards.

Weight

17 - 22 oz

Height

Avg. 18 in

Wingspan

9 – 12 in

Incubation

30 days

Clutch

Usually 2 eggs

IUCN Status

Endangered

Facts

  • Also known as the white cockatoo
  • The Umbrella Cockatoos was named for its broad, backward-bending crest, which open like an umbrella and fan out.
  • Strong beak can easily break a human finger.
  • These birds emit a high-pitched screech or scream in the wild to communicate with one another. Because they live in such large groups, the loudest bird gets to mate!
  • The male and the female share the responsibility of incubating the eggs until they hatch.
  • Typically, the parents raise only one of the chicks. If the first chick to hatch is healthy, they care for that one. If it is malformed or unhealthy, they raise the second chick.
  • Chicks are born altricial. They learn to fly at 3 months of age but are still dependent on the parents for another 2 - 3 weeks.

 

Conservation

Unsustainable levels of trapping for the cage-bird trade pose the greatest threat. Deforestation by logging companies and clearing for agriculture and mining have reduced their habitat and nest-site availability. Furthermore, new logging roads greatly facilitate access for trappers.

The highest densities occur in primary forest, and it requires large trees for nesting and communal roosting.

CITES Appendix II

Endangered