What kind of bird is the white cockatoo? An explanation of its characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of bird is a white cockatoo? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. It is a large white parrot native to Indonesia. Even after it becomes an adult, it is easy to get used to people, and it is a very friendly parrot that some people even keep as a pet, so it is very well known.

What is a White Cockatoo? Basic Stats

The White Cockatoo is a bird classified in the Psittacidae family of the Parrot family. It is also known as the White Cockatoo and its English name is Cacatua alba. Its body length is 50cm and its weight is only 500g. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)White cockatoo
scientific name(学名)Cacatua alba
classification(分類)Ave、 Psittaciformes、Cacatuidae、Cacatua


It is native to Indonesia and is found mainly in the northern Maluku Islands on the islands of Birchaang, Halmahera, Kasiruta, Mandioli, Ternate and Tidore.

What are its characteristics? What kind of creature is it?

The white cockatoo is white all over, with yellow tail feathers and undersides of wings. Chicks are covered with yellow down feathers and have dark gray beaks and hind legs. Its habitat is swamps and mango lobe forests. It prefers altitudes of 300-900m. It is active during the day and often rests in trees at night.

What is its personality like?

White cockatoos often live in pairs or groups, making them very social birds. They are also very intelligent for birds. They are quite smart, as they can bring toys and play with them on their own. Their love of communication and physical contact makes them popular as pets.

What is the ecology of the white cockatoo?

White cockatoos mainly eat fruits and seeds. They are oviparous. They breed from January. They have a one-month incubation period and can lay two eggs at a time. The chicks are able to become independent within a few months after hatching. White cockatoos have a very long lifespan of 40 to 50 years.

What are the natural predators of white cockatoos?

White cockatoos are threatened by not only dogs and cats, but also eagles and eagles.

Is the White Cockatoo an endangered species?

Recently, the White Cockatoo has been in demand as a pet, but it is designated as an endangered species. Not only has its habitat been destroyed by deforestation, farmland development, and mining, but it has also been overhunted for pets, and the habitat of wild individuals has been fragmented. This parrot is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and international trade has been restricted.

Can the White Cockatoo be kept as a pet?

Currently, the White Cockatoo can be kept as a pet, but it is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and there are restrictions on it. Although it is large, it is easy to get used to people and is very friendly among other parrots, so it is not that difficult to raise it. We will explain the details.

How much does it cost to keep one?

It seems that you can buy one at a pet shop for about 500,000 to 1,000,000 yen in Japanese yen. Since they have a lifespan of 50 to 60 years, you should also consider whether you can properly manage them.

Special pellets

We recommend special pellets for food. They are mainly fed mixed food with seasonal vegetables and fruits as side dishes.

They make a loud noise

Their cries are also loud, so they may be a nuisance to neighbors in apartment buildings. It is reassuring to have soundproofing measures in apartment buildings.

Sturdy cages

Their beaks are very powerful and destructive, so make sure to have a sturdy cage that will not be broken. The temperature needs to be kept comfortable for humans, so be sure to have air conditioning or heating.


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