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Blue-eyed Cockatoo

 (Cacatua ophthalmica)

Also known as: White Cockatoo

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Blue-eyed Cockatoo Profile
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Did You Know?

The Blue-eyed Cockatoo is the only cockatoo in eastern Papua New Guinea.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ophthalmica

Species Profile

Genus: Cacatua | Species: ophthalmica

Size:

50cm (19.5 in)

Weight:

500-570g (17.5-19.9 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults: a medium-large, white cockatoo with backward curving crest; some yellow feathers in crest, rest white; yellow wash on ear coverts and bases of feathers of cheeks, throat; eye ring bright blue.  Eye dark brown in male, red/brown in female.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult but eye grey.

Call:

Described as loud and nasal, repeated and given in flight, each note ending in a downward fashion; call notes high-pitched and sad-sounding.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

AvianWeb
Wikipedia
Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 100651, Blue-eyed Cockatoo Cacatua ophthalmica, Mack, Andrew, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, Feb. 10 1999, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977, 1989. 2010 issue
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-eyed Cockatoo Profile
© Anthony Snell

Did You Know?

The Blue-eyed Cockatoo is the only cockatoo in eastern Papua New Guinea.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ophthalmica

Species Care

Captive Status:

Very rare

Longevity:

40-50 yrs.

Housing:

Walk-in aviary, minimum length 4.5 m (14.7 ft).

Diet:

Mix of small seeds: canary, oats, safflower; spray millet; limited sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; sprouted pulses, cooked butterbeans and lentils; boiled maize; green leaves of Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, corn, zucchini, green beans and peas in the pod; fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, bananas; nuts such as: walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, roasted peanuts; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Bathing, socialization, chew and puzzle toys, swings, ropes.

Nest Box Size:

40cm x 40cm x 100cm ( 15.5" x 15.5" x 39") box.

Clutch Size:

2 or 3

Incubation Time:

28 days

Fledging Age:

12 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-eyed Cockatoo Profile
© Anthony Snell

Did You Know?

The Blue-eyed Cockatoo is the only cockatoo in eastern Papua New Guinea.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ophthalmica

Species Wild Status

World Population:

15,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Recently remote-sensing techniques have shown that the lowland forest on which this species relies for nesting sites is being cleared at a rapid rate, which in all probability is causing the population to decline precipitously.

Range:

Found in New Britain, E Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:

Occurs up to 950m (3116 ft). Found in forest and partly cleared areas, most common in lowlands.

Wild Diet:

Eats nuts, seeds, berries and fruit, in particular, figs.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Keeps mainly to forest canopy; usually seen singly, in pairs or small groups; makes presence known with series of discordant notes. Most active in early morning and late afternoon. Acrobatics seen before roosting.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 or 3 elliptical eggs, 52.0 x 31.5mm (2 x 1.2 in)

Breeding Season:

Not available

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Arkive

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Blue-eyed Cockatoo Profile
© Anthony Snell

Did You Know?

The Blue-eyed Cockatoo is the only cockatoo in eastern Papua New Guinea.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ophthalmica

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