(Cacatuidae) - Their 21 species


Characteristics of the Cockatoo

The Cockatoos they are the 21 species of birds belonging to the family Cacatuidae, the only family of the superfamily Cacatuoidea. Cockatoos are generally medium to large sized parrots, with a length between 30 and 60 cm. and a weight between 300 and 1.200 g., recognizable by their showy Crests and peaks curved. Its plumage It is generally less colorful than other parrots, It is mostly white, gray or black and often with color characteristics on the crest, the cheeks wave tail. On average they are larger than other parrots.

The family has a distribution mainly Australasian, extending from the Philippines and the eastern islands of Indonesian, from Wallacea to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia.


They prefer to eat seeds, tubers, corms, fruit, flowers and insects. They often feed in large flocks, especially when they feed on land. Son Monogamie and nest in the Hollows of trees.

cockatoos in captivity

They are popular birds in the poultry farming, but their needs are hard to meet. Easy to maintain and is by far the most frequently kept captivity. The white cockatoos are more commonly found in captivity than black cockatoos. The illicit trade of wild birds contributes to the decline of some species of cockatoos in the wild.

Cockatoo Species

The vast majority of these beautiful birds are not suitable for captivity.. History and characteristics of the species.

1 Baudin's black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus Baudinii

50 to 57 cm.. height and weight between 560 and 770 g.
to Baudin's black cockatoo (Zanda baudinii) is almost

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2 Blue-eyed cockatoo

Cacatua ophthalmica

50 cm. length and a weight between 500 and 580 gr.
The plumage of the Blue-eyed cockatoo (Cacatua ophthalmica) it's about

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3 Cockatiel

Nymphicus hollandicus

25-33 cm.. length and a weight between 80 and 100 grams approximately.
This small cockatoo is undoubtedly one of

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4 Solomons cockatoo

Cacatua ducorpsii

It measures 30-35 centimeters to paste 380 g..
The Solomons cockatoo (Cacatua ducorpsii) It is a small cockatoo immediately recognizable

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5 Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Measured around 35 centimeters and between 240 and 330 g. weight.
In the Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) adult, the part

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6 Gang-gang cockatoo

Callocephalon fimbriatum

Of approximately 35 cm.. height and an average weight of 257 g.
The Gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) it's a little cockatoo,

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7 Glossy black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus lathami

46 to 51 cm.. height and between 400 and 500 g. of weight.
The Glossy black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) is the most

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8 Little corella

Cacatua sanguinea

It measures 35-40 cm.. and weighs approximately 500 g..
In the Little corella (Cacatua sanguinea), the head and crest (that the

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9 Long-billed corella

Cacatua tenuirostris

35 to 41 cm.. length. The weight of 500 to 600 g..
The Long-billed corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) has white plumage.

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10 Palm cockatoo

51 to 64 cm. height and a weight between 910 and 1200 g.
The Palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) is one of

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11 Philippine cockatoo

Cacatua haematuropygia

It measures 31 cm. and weighs around 300 g..
To the Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) It is called locally Katala.

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12 Pink cockatoo

Cacatua leadbeateri

35 cm.. length and weighing approximately between 340 and 425 g.
The Pink cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri) is distinguishable by its spectacular

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13 Red-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus banksii

55 to 60 cm.. length between 570 and 870 weight g.

The adults of the Red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) present

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14 Salmon-crested cockatoo

Cacatúa Moluqueña

40 to 50 cm.. length and a weight of up to 900 gr.
The plumage of the Salmon-crested cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis) It

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15 Short-billed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus latirostris

54 to 56 cm.. height and a weight between 520 and 790 g.
The Short-billed black cockatoo (Zanda latirostris) it's a cockatoo

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16 Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

55 cm.. height and a weight between 815 and 975 g..
The Sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) It is a large bird with

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17 Tanimbar corella

Cacatua de las Tanimbar

31 to 32 cm.. length and a weight of just 300 g..
The Tanimbar corella (Cacatua goffiniana), as

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18 Western corella

Cacatua pastinator

The Western corella (Cacatua pastinator) is a cockatoo of medium size and quite stocky; 43-48 cm.. in length and weighing

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19 White cockatoo

Cacatua alba

White cockatoo

40 to 50 cm.. length and a weight of approximately 550 gr.
The White cockatoo (Cacatua alba) is completely white,

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20 Yellow-crested cockatoo

Cacatúa Sulfúrea

Medium-sized, 35 cm.. long.

The Yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) It is distinguishable by its long, thin crest

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21 Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus

55 to 65 cm.. length and a weight of up to 900 g..
The Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) stands out

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