The all-white Umbrella Cockatoo is a majestic bird that can live for seven decades. This bird is completely white except for a distinct yellow lemon color under the wings and at the base of the tail that’s visible when the bird is in flight. This is the only large cockatoo with an entirely white crest. Normally this cockatoo’s crest lies flat on its head but it is raised when the bird is excited, curious, and/or fearful. The crest takes on a round, umbrella shape when raised, giving this beautiful bird its name.
The Umbrella Cockatoo has a grayish-black beak that’s large, curved, and powerful. The males of the species have very dark brownish-black eyes while the females’ eyes are reddish.
If you’re interested in a bird that’s very smart, social, and easy to train, the Umbrella Cockatoo may be a good match for you. This bird can be taught to perform tricks and mimic speech, making it a delightfully entertaining feathered friend to have around. Umbrella Cockatoos make great companions for bird lovers of all ages and it’s a bird that loves to cuddle and form a strong bond with its owner.
|Common Names:||White Cockatoo, White Crested Cockatoo|
|Scientific Name:||Cacatua alba|
|Adult Size:||18 to 24 Inches|
|Life Expectancy:||60-70 years|
Origin and History
The Umbrella Cockatoo is native to the central and northern parts of the Indonesia, where it lives in tropical rainforests. Today, Umbrella Cockatoos can be found throughout Indonesia. These birds tend to live along rivers and on the edges of cleared farmland where food is bountiful. You can also find these birds in mangroves, swamps, and open woodlands.
Umbrella Cockatoos were kept as pets in China as far back as the Tang Dynasty during the 7th century. Unfortunately, today, the number of Umbrella Cockatoo in the wild is decreasing because of a loss of habitat and due to trappers capturing these birds to sell as pets.
Umbrella Cockatoos are great companion birds due to their gentle, docile, sweet-natured temperament. In the wild, this bird mates for life and forms a very close bond with its mate. If a pair of Umbrella Cockatoos are separated, it’s common for both of the birds to become genuinely depressed.
The Umbrella Cockatoo is rarely aggressive and it will form a quick, strong bond with its caretaker. This is an affectionate bird that loves to cuddle with its owner or even with objects it likes. This bird demands attention and loves to be spoiled. If allowed to do so, an Umbrella Cockatoo will learn to manipulate its owner, so it’s important for anyone owning this bird to set limits.
If you’re looking for a quiet bird to keep as a pet, the Umbrella Cockatoo isn’t the best choice because it’s a noisy bird that loves to chatter. This bird can be taught to talk although it’s never guaranteed that every Umbrella Cockatoo will learn to mimic speech. Some learn to mimic speech rapidly while others never catch on so you never know!
- Loving and devoted to its owner
- Active and personable
- Very chatty and a bird that loves to yell out loud
- Loves to chew and can destroy property if left out of the cage
Speech & Vocalizations
The Umbrella Cockatoo is generally good at mimicking human speech and sounds. This bird has a soft, sweet-talking voice and can say a couple of dozen words in total. However, there’s no guarantee that an Umbrella Cockatoo will learn to mimic speech as some of these parrots are very talkative while others never learn.
Umbrella Cockatoos are also known to babble sounds that have no meaning. This often happens when one of these birds tries to mimic speech when more than one person is talking. In the end, the sounds blend into one incomprehensible noise that can be annoying.