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Cacatua alba

White Cockatoo, Umbrella Cockatoo

Click on the thumbnails for the high resolution pictures. Photos by G.J.Reclos /MCH

The White Cockatoo of Nikos Tsitouras.

Scientific name: Cacatua alba

Description:
   Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are a full-sized cockatoo. They are primarily white with long wide crest feathers that resemble and umbrella when raised. The underside of the wings and tail is also frequently tinged with yellow. They have black beaks and dark-grey feet.

Care and feeding:
   A roomy cage is required (minimum 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 3 ft. high) unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

   See About Cockatoos: Housing and About Cockatoos: Care and Feeding for more information.

Distribution:
   Is found in Obi, Halmahera, Ternate and Tidore in the central and nothern Moluccas, Indonesia.

Size - Weight:
   Mature birds are about 30 cm (12 inches) in length. They are among the largest cockatoos.

Social Behaviors:
   In the wild, Cockatoos are friendly and peaceful. They are generally seen in small groups among the treetops.

Breeding/Reproduction:
   The hen will usually lay two eggs which will hatch in about 30 days. Both parents will brood and the young will wean in about 3 months.

   See About Cockatoos: Breeding for more breeding information.

Sexual differences:
   Hard to tell with young birds. As they get older the iris of the females' eyes will develop a reddish color, the males' eyes will remain black. This is not always completely accurate so other means are necessary if you need to know "for sure" what sex a particular bird is.

Potential Problems:
   Cockatoos can be quite loud screechers. The behaviour can be reduced by giving attention and proper surroundings. Also, since they are prone to chewing, if they are not given enough attention they will chew their own feathers.

Availability: These birds are available from time to time.

Activities: Loves to climb and play and chew. Provide lots of toys.

The information was found at http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/cockatoos/umbrella.php  

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