Ducorp's cockatoo Ducorps Cockatoo
Ducorp's Cockatoo

Scientific Classification

Common Name
Ducorp's cockatoo
Genus Species
Cacatua (referring to the bird's call) ducorpsii

Fast Facts

This is a large white parrot with yellow under the wings and tail and blue skin around the eyes. The crest is completely white. The beak is hooked and blue-gray blue.
Approximately 33 cm (13 in.)
Approximately 500 to 630 g (17.5 to 22.05 oz)
Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and some insects
Approximately 30 days
Clutch Size
2 to 6 eggs
Sexual Maturity
Approximately 5 to 6 years
Life Span
Approximately 65 or more years
Solomon Islands; Papua, New Guinea
Inhabits dense forests
The population has not been assessed but the species is considered common within its range.
IUCN: Least Concern
CITES: Appendix II
USFWS: Not listed

Fun Facts

These birds are often regarded as pests because of their diets (sometimes feeding on crops); licensed culling is permitted in certain states.

Both parents take part in incubating the eggs.

Cockatoos can mimic the sounds of other animals, including people.

Cockatoos can hold their food in one foot and break pieces off of it with the other foot.

Cockatoos live in small loose flocks.

They are very gregarious and quickly learn to mimic. These birds also have a very shrill cry.

Ecology and Conservation

Cockatoos are a food source for many animals larger than themselves.

Their feeding habits are very destructive, which annoys many gardeners.

Cockatoos aid in seed dispersal through their eating of fruit.

This species is relatively new to U.S. aviculture because these islands were closed to the export of birds for many years. Previously, only a small number were imported into the United States until late 1993 when the U.S. stopped commercial importation of most bird species.

This species is very common in the pet trade.

The U.S. Wild Bird Act forbids the commercial import of any bird listed by CITES which includes most parrots, which are endangered or threatened.


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BirdLife International 2018. Cacatua ducorpsii . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22684823A130100557. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22684823A130100557.en. Downloaded on 13 March 2020.

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