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Umbrella Cockatoo

White Cockatoo

Family: Cacatuidae Umbrella CockatoosCacatua albaPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I'm interesdted in two of the three cockatoos, but only after having been weaned.  stephen shalat

The two Umbrella Cockatoos pictured here are still babies under 3 months old, and still needing to be handfed twice per day!

These birds are extremely friendly and love to be handled. Like most cockatoos Umbrella Cockatoos make very loving pets that need lots of attention. They can learn to talk, as can most cockatoos and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks. Buy a cockatoo only if you can spend a lot of time with it.

To learn more about Cockatoos and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Cockatoo


Geographic Distribution
Cacatua alba
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Cacatuidae
  • Genus: Cacatua
  • Species: alba
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Scientific name:Cacatua alba

Description: Umbrella Cockatoos are a full-sized cockatoo. They are primarily white with long wide crest feathers that resemble an 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 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.

Lastest Animal Stories on Umbrella Cockatoo


stephen shalat - 2015-06-29
I'm interesdted in two of the three cockatoos, but only after having been weaned.

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sharon Rock - 2012-02-24
Want to sell three of umbrella cockatoo. Any interested person? Please email via sharon_rock@live.com.
thanks

  • Leslie - 2012-02-27
    I am very interested in a baby or young umbrella cockatoo. Are they still available and what is the price for one? Do you know their sex? I currently have a 3 yr old female blue and gold macaw.
  • CRAIG - 2012-04-15
    The age of a cockatoo is not really a concern. There average life span is more than 60 years. I have a nine year old that laid three eggs this year. By the way, I live in an apt. . . . . . . . No complaints. Sophia is love by everyone around me. Craig
  • Mayra Y. cuevas - 2015-05-23
    How much do you want
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Winston - 2015-04-12
Umbrella Cockatoo Parrot Very nice, healthy, good listener, cute, fun bird. We have raised this Umbrella Cockatoo since the day it was born. They are very loving and caring and they loves to cuddle and say some few words that we hae thought them. If you have any questions or would like to see some more pictures of present or past litters please feel free to email us via ( cooper.winston01@gmail.com ) or text: 301-882-2767. ( Only Serious Inquiries Please )

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Bill Roberts - 2014-07-01
I rescued my bird, I have had her for a little over 1 year, she is very loving and smart. When I first got her she was in very bad shape, she now is a very pretty and happy bird lately she is taking to very softly bite my skin and then rubbing her beak on me, is this normal show of love?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I would say so, it sounds like a preening behavior, but modified for her unusual 'flock friend'.
  • Anonymous - 2015-02-08
    Yes I think so my bird also clicks his beak to show love
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stephen shalat - 2015-06-29
I'm interesdted in two of the three cockatoos, but only after having been weaned.

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sharon Rock - 2012-02-24
Want to sell three of umbrella cockatoo. Any interested person? Please email via sharon_rock@live.com.
thanks

  • Leslie - 2012-02-27
    I am very interested in a baby or young umbrella cockatoo. Are they still available and what is the price for one? Do you know their sex? I currently have a 3 yr old female blue and gold macaw.
  • CRAIG - 2012-04-15
    The age of a cockatoo is not really a concern. There average life span is more than 60 years. I have a nine year old that laid three eggs this year. By the way, I live in an apt. . . . . . . . No complaints. Sophia is love by everyone around me. Craig
  • Mayra Y. cuevas - 2015-05-23
    How much do you want
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Milla - 2013-07-15
I have read about cockatoos and saw videos about them and I just think that they're SO AMAZING, and I thought that it would be SO AWESOME to have one! So if you have one for sale or you know someone who has one for sale then PLEASE, PLEASE, pppppllllllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee tell me! (; Thanks for listening! (;

  • Dave - 2014-12-31
    I have a very sweet 5year old trained Umbrella Cockatoo that talks plays is amazing with kids and people loves to play he can't fly but likes to go out side..he's also have a very nice cage and traveling cage and more toys then a 7 year old...I have pictures.. I'm moveing due to work and can't take him .. with every thing and him were asking $1800 and we can personally deliver for a few bucks more ..
  • Larry - 2015-01-05
    Check out inlandempire.craigslist.org Mulican Cockatoo called Fred for sale there.
  • Jeff - 2015-01-04
    I would think twice about getting a Cockatoo - they are very loud screechers and require a vast amount of regular attention - don't get one if you do not have the time to spend with these birds. Not providing attention is the worst thing that you could do these attention mongers. I have one and I love my bird - but when she is not getting her attention - she is a brat and she let's me know that she's unhappy.
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GRISEL - 2012-11-08
I want to buy an umbrella cockatoo. Anyone selling some in or around dallas texas. Thanks! !

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
    You can look at the ads in the back of Bird talk Magazine.  You can Google search to see if there are any breeders near you and call them.  You can also Google search any bird sanctuaries in Texas - between the three places you should be able to find one.  When you are purchasing a feathered companion - you want to be able to hold it, cuddle with it, talk to it etc - you want the same sorta warm fuzzy feeling you get from holding a puppy or kitten.  A slightly older bird may be nervous or shy but you should be able to sit down on the sofa or floor and play with it.  If you wish to purchase an untamed bird - that is wonderful but read up on it a little first.
  • GRISEL - 2012-11-12
    are these birds good around children, and do these birds talk?
  • Nicolson - 2013-01-30
    Hey Grisel, are you still searching? We have some wonderful umbrella cockatoos among other parrots available and ready to go. Get back to us for more info and pricing.
  • Dave - 2014-12-31
    I have a beautiful 5 year old Umbrella Cockatoo amazing with people and kids trained knows more words in a 10 year old has more toys than a 10 year old has a very beautiful cage and travel cage and can deliver I'm in St.Louis and I have any and all pictures he is vet checked and up to health specs no problems whatsoever..
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