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Umbrella Cockatoo

White Cockatoo

Family: Cacatuidae Umbrella CockatoosCacatua albaPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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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


  • 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.

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M - 2020-06-05
I am looking for derbyan parakeet/parrotlet breeders. Message me if you have any upcoming, Id love to look into other breeds if yours is interesting/similar to the 2 listed.

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mollie - 2011-10-09
My umbrella cockatoo is named ella she will be 1 in November, I used to get her out for 3 hours everyday and now I've grown up I barely get her out at all, I'm starting to get her out but she is screaming now in her cage! What can I do!? Help!

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-10
    Most parrots but cockatoos more than any others NEED attention. They crave attention and demand it from their humans. They are very social and to them you are their whole world. You are their flock, their mate, their friend. They are about equivalent to a 3 year old human chikd in their need to be with their human. You can spend time with your Ella while she is on her perch and you share your supper with her - or your breakfast. You can spend time with her watching TV. You need to spend time with her providing attention and playing. If she doesn't get the attention she is going to pluck, she will keep screaming and will probably be very depressed. You need to decide to devote the time for Ella - for the next 50 years or so --- or to find a suitable home for her. She is young, tame and wants to be loved and there should be no problem finding a new family for her but she can't be stuck in a cage without socialization and companionship. It would be like putting yourself in solitary confinement. Ella knws you are home and will make big noises to get your attention. She is calling her mate her flock. They just can't take isolation.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-20
    Take her out.
  • Jessica - 2020-04-27
    Hi I am not sure what you mean by ' I have grown up' That statement would usually be followed by you saying that undoubtedly you realise that her being out of cage ONLY 3 hours is not nearly enough and that you have started to spend more time with her. Here it seems exactly the opposite and I'm seeing a bit of has as to you finding or wanting to find the time to spend with your bird. Cockatoo are extremely sensitive and very much like humans when it comes to needing to be interacted with and feeling the touch and love of there owner in order to live a happy productive life. It seems like you have a bird that does want that interaction of a human and companionship which is already a big hurdle a good advance in the right direction. If you do not give her the time and attempt she craves she may actually regress and will not online one depressed but will have to learn all over again that touch and human companionship is a good thing.A parrot is a lifetime commitment and absolutely should not be a quick decision just because you see one and see how cute or smart they cannot does not mean they automatically come like that.they have bad behaviours like any other animal and since they are so smart are easily imprinted on and sadly affected by neglect,as well as definitely need Alot more time than a hamster .you cannot just leave a parrot in the corner with some toys and bring him. Or her out when it suits you. This will definitely cause depression and even aggression that will come very noticeably in the form of plucking and evening due to resentment. It is not fair or even practical for somebody to own a parrot before doing your research and prepare your self for both good and bad . The thing is that parrots are wild animals and they are going to always be instinctively that.thereis no such thing as a bad parrot just BAD OWNERS. You may have just impulsively bought this bird and have not been correctly educated and now you have your hands full. Right now it sounds like your bird still wants human interaction and is wanting to be loving so it will be extra easy to find someone who has experience with large birds to take in this one.please do yourself and this bird a favour and find a home in which he or she will thrive in. Don't feel bad about doing what's best for the animal.nobody can call you a bad owner if you give the bird up for the sake of its happiness but if you decide to keep this bird and do not find adequate time and education to give it a better quality of life that is when you can be considered a bad person
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jorge - 2015-07-05
Parrots & Eggs For Sale We are offering freshly laid and fertile parrot egg species from weaned Aviary at affordable prices. 100% candle tested fertility for hatching gorgeous & healthy chicks. We are selling to persons interested in breeding and hand rearing up their own birds from egg stage. We assist clients with successfully articles & techniques. Available egg species are as follows: Hyacinth Macaw, Sollomons Island Eclectus, Congo African Grey, Timneh Grey, Umbrella Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, Gallah Cockatoo, Blue and Gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Greenwing Macaw, Dyh Amazon, Toco Toucan, Cockatiel, and Conures eggs. Affiliated to the above eggs are chicks and few parrots for sale too. Email(jorgebirdshome@gmail.com ). We incubate eggs during shipment at standard temperatures, will replace eggs in case of any adverse situations during delivery.

  • Fulvio Zambelli - 2015-07-11
    Years ago I raised several cockatoos from the egg. It's a 24/7 commitment but well worth it. I am very interested in a hyacinth macaw egg. I had a pair many years ago and absolutely loved them. I never did get them to breed them before and had to sell them due to a divorce settlement.
  • Jessica St. Amour - 2015-08-25
    Hello I incubate all sorts of bird eggs and hatch them out and I was curious your prices on the cockatoo eggs? All of the different sub-species and their prices please thank you Jess
  • Christine Aldridge - 2015-10-06
    I am very interested in hatching. I raise Goffin's and would like to incubate Scarlet Macaws, Umbrella Cockatoo, Please email more information and egg prices. I have loved my birds since the age of five. This is not a spam, I am very interested in your advertisement I anxiously await a reply. Thank you,
  • Casey Punch - 2016-01-07
    Would like an umbrella cockatoo egg, blue & gold macaw
  • laura gaffney - 2016-04-06
    Would like your prices on umbrella cockatoo eggs and also looking for a male age 8 through 10 years old for my female. She keeps laying eggs and have decided to breed her. I have raised cockatoos and hand raised a few. Please respond ASAP..
  • Jessica - 2020-04-27
    Hi I am very interested in purchasing an umbrella cockatoo egg and rather pleased to see your post as most people offering parrot eggs have been scammers and disappointing please contact me asap as I'm ready to purchase right away. Ps has anyone here purchase eggs from this breeder? How was the result? 520 789 3669
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lane - 2019-12-20
www.buybirdsnow.com Talking Cockatoo Parrots,Grey Parrots,Amazon,Macaw and fertile eggs Talking Cockatoo Parrots,Grey Parrots,Amazon,Macaw birds

  • Lindsey - 2020-02-14
    Looking for a young female Umbrella Cockatoo. Can you please send me info if you have any available? Thanks
  • Sheri Stack - 2020-06-16
    I would love to have a cockatoo I was giving Bobo about 6 years ago he was so wonderful and loving I had him for three years until the owner decided she wanted him backAfter her divorce I was heartbroken He was extremely loved And very social I do know how to Hand raise I was taught by my mother in law that raise birds African grays double yellow head and cockatiels
    Please keep me a thought if you ever have a cockatoo
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jorge - 2015-07-05
Parrots & Eggs For Sale We are offering freshly laid and fertile parrot egg species from weaned Aviary at affordable prices. 100% candle tested fertility for hatching gorgeous & healthy chicks. We are selling to persons interested in breeding and hand rearing up their own birds from egg stage. We assist clients with successfully articles & techniques. Available egg species are as follows: Hyacinth Macaw, Sollomons Island Eclectus, Congo African Grey, Timneh Grey, Umbrella Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, Gallah Cockatoo, Blue and Gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Greenwing Macaw, Dyh Amazon, Toco Toucan, Cockatiel, and Conures eggs. Affiliated to the above eggs are chicks and few parrots for sale too. Email(jorgebirdshome@gmail.com ). We incubate eggs during shipment at standard temperatures, will replace eggs in case of any adverse situations during delivery.

  • Fulvio Zambelli - 2015-07-11
    Years ago I raised several cockatoos from the egg. It's a 24/7 commitment but well worth it. I am very interested in a hyacinth macaw egg. I had a pair many years ago and absolutely loved them. I never did get them to breed them before and had to sell them due to a divorce settlement.
  • Jessica St. Amour - 2015-08-25
    Hello I incubate all sorts of bird eggs and hatch them out and I was curious your prices on the cockatoo eggs? All of the different sub-species and their prices please thank you Jess
  • Christine Aldridge - 2015-10-06
    I am very interested in hatching. I raise Goffin's and would like to incubate Scarlet Macaws, Umbrella Cockatoo, Please email more information and egg prices. I have loved my birds since the age of five. This is not a spam, I am very interested in your advertisement I anxiously await a reply. Thank you,
  • Casey Punch - 2016-01-07
    Would like an umbrella cockatoo egg, blue & gold macaw
  • laura gaffney - 2016-04-06
    Would like your prices on umbrella cockatoo eggs and also looking for a male age 8 through 10 years old for my female. She keeps laying eggs and have decided to breed her. I have raised cockatoos and hand raised a few. Please respond ASAP..
  • Jessica - 2020-04-27
    Hi I am very interested in purchasing an umbrella cockatoo egg and rather pleased to see your post as most people offering parrot eggs have been scammers and disappointing please contact me asap as I'm ready to purchase right away. Ps has anyone here purchase eggs from this breeder? How was the result? 520 789 3669
Reply
lane - 2019-12-20
www.buybirdsnow.com Talking Cockatoo Parrots,Grey Parrots,Amazon,Macaw and fertile eggs Talking Cockatoo Parrots,Grey Parrots,Amazon,Macaw birds

  • Lindsey - 2020-02-14
    Looking for a young female Umbrella Cockatoo. Can you please send me info if you have any available? Thanks
  • Sheri Stack - 2020-06-16
    I would love to have a cockatoo I was giving Bobo about 6 years ago he was so wonderful and loving I had him for three years until the owner decided she wanted him backAfter her divorce I was heartbroken He was extremely loved And very social I do know how to Hand raise I was taught by my mother in law that raise birds African grays double yellow head and cockatiels
    Please keep me a thought if you ever have a cockatoo
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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
  • Tony - 2018-08-30
    Hi am interested in a female? Please give me a price and let arrange shipment...
    My phone number is(813) 994-7240... ty
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Mary Mccauley - 2015-11-29
I am interested in blue mccaw

  • Liza - 2017-07-06
    A blue and gold macaw? You could try Birdsnow.com, I think they have some B&G babies for sale right now:)
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