Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua Alba)

Umbrella Cockatoo Natural History

This cockatoo reaches lengths of around 46 cm and weighing 450 g to 800 g.

Habitat and Distribution
These birds live on the Mollucan islands of Indonesia.  They mainly live in secondary growth forest where they spend a lot of time in the canopy.

These birds are thought to live for up to 80 years in captivity.

These birds will feed on a variety of vegetable matter such as buds and flowers with the majority being made up of fruits, berries, nuts and seeds.

Groups and Breeding
These birds will roost in flocks of up to 50 birds, however during the day they will usually be seen in pairs and rarely in groups of more than a handful.  Females usually lay 2 eggs in tree cavities where they are incubated for around 28 days.

This bird is protected however its natural population is still decreasing in number due partly to destruction of its habitat and also still due to trapping for the pet trade which has now been made illegal.

Interesting facts
They get their name from the umbrella like crest it can extend on its head.

During Your Day Out in Kent

Wingham Wildlife Park’s umbrella cockatoo, Rosie lives in a communal long flight enclosure which she shares with other parrot species such as citron crested cockatoos, moluccan cockatoos, and galah cockatoos. This enclosure can be found opposite the education building and visitors can head from here to the entrance of the tropical house to visit many other free flying bird species, spinx night monkey’s, little flying foxes and Egyptian fruit bats.