Cockatoo Parrot Farming

  • Breed Name: Cockatoo
  • Family: Cacatuidae; G. R. Gray 1840
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Class: Aves
  • Lifespan: 50 years and higher
  • Distribution:
    • Eleven of the 21 species exist in the wild only in Australia
    • Seven species occur only in the islands of the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
    • No cockatoo species are found in Borneo
    • Three species occur in both New Guinea and Australia
  • Sexual Maturity: Females start breeding from three to seven years of age and males are often older
  • Feeding & Diet:
    • Cockatoos prefer to eat seeds, tubers, corms, fruit, flowers and insects
  • Lower Classifications / Breeds: There are 21 breeds of cockatoos found in the world:
    • Baudin’s black cockatoo, aka. Baudin’s cockatoo or Long-Billed Black Cockatoo, is found in SW. Australia. It has a short crest on the top of its head, and the plumage is mostly greyish black
    • Blue-eyed cockatoo is a large, mainly white cockatoo about 50 cm long with a mobile crest, a black beak, and a light blue rim of featherless skin around each eye that gives this species its name
    • Cacatua is a genus of cockatoos found from the Philippines and Wallacea east to the Solomon Islands and south to Australia. They have a primarily white plumage, an expressive crest, and a black or pale bill
    • Carnaby’s black cockatoo, aka. the short-billed black cockatoo, is a large black cockatoo endemic to southwest Australia. Measuring 53–58 cm in length, it has a short crest on the top of its head
    • Corella. Licmetis is a subgenus of the white cockatoos. They are collectively known as corellas in Australia. Three of the six species are primarily – or only – found in Australia, while the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Solomons each have an endemic species
    • Galah, aka the pink and grey, is one the most common and widespread cockatoos found in almost all parts of Australia
    • Gang-gang cockatoo is found in the cooler and wetter forests and woodlands of Australia. Mostly mild grey in colour with some lighter scalloping, the male has a red head and crest, while the female has a small fluffy grey crest
    • Glossy black cockatoo, is found in eastern Australia. Adult glossy black cockatoos may reach 50 cm in length. They are sexually dimorphic
    • Long-billed corella or slender-billed corella is a cockatoo native to Australia, which is similar in appearance to the little corella and sulphur-crested cockatoo. This species is mostly white, with a reddish-pink face and forehead, and has a long, pale beak, which is used to dig for roots and seeds
    • Major Mitchell’s cockatoo
    • Palm cockatoo, aka. the Goliath cockatoo or Great black cockatoo, is a large smoky-grey or black parrot of the cockatoo family native to New Guinea. It has a very large black beak and prominent red cheek patches
    • Red-tailed black cockatoo Banksian or Banks’ black cockatoo, is a large black cockatoo native to Australia. Adult males have a characteristic pair of bright red panels on the tail that gives the species its name. It is more common in the drier parts of the continent
    • Red-vented cockatoo the Philippine cockatoo or Kalangay, is a critically endangered species of cockatoo that is endemic to the Philippines. It is roughly the size and shape of the Tanimbar corella, but is easily distinguished by the red feathers around the vent
    • Salmon-crested cockatoo, aka. the Moluccan cockatoo, is endemic to the Seram archipelago in eastern Indonesia. At a height of up to 46–52 cm and weight of up to 850 g, it is among the largest of the white cockatoos. The female is larger than the male on average
    • Solomons cockatoo, aka. the Ducorp’s cockatoo, Solomons corella or broad-crested corella, is endemic to the Solomon Islands archipelago. This small white cockatoo is larger than the Tanimbar corella yet smaller than the umbrella cockatoo
    • Sulphur-crested cockatoo is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia, and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia.
    • Tanimbar corella also known as Goffin’s cockatoo or Goffin’s corella, is a species of cockatoo endemic to forests of Yamdena, Larat and Selaru, all islands in the Tanimbar Islands archipelago in Indonesia
    • White cockatoo, aka. umbrella cockatoo, is a medium-sized all-white cockatoo having its origin to tropical rainforest on islands of Indonesia. When surprised, it extends a large and striking head crest, which has a semicircular shape
    • Yellow-crested cockatoo the Lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo, is a medium-sized cockatoo with white plumage, bluish-white bare orbital skin, grey feet, a black bill, and a retractile yellow or orange crest. Both genders are similar
    • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo is a large cockatoo native to SE. Australia measuring 55–65 cm in length. It has a short crest on the top of its head. Its plumage is mostly brownish black and it has prominent yellow cheek patches and a yellow tail band

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