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Ducorp’s Corella

 (Cacatua ducorpsii)

Also known as: Solomon Islands Cockatoo, Solomons Cockatoo, Ducorp's Cockatoo, White Cockatoo

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Ducorp's cockatoo in captivity
© Steve Milpacher

Did You Know?

The Ducorps Corella is the only cockatoo in its area.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ducorpsii

Species Profile

Genus: Cacatua | Species: ducorpsii

Size:

31cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

290-415g (10.1-14.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults small, white cockatoo with short upper mandible; pink wash on bases of feathers on head, brighter on cheeks, sometimes extending to breast; bare blue eye ring. Eye brown in male, red/brown in female.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult but with dark grey eye.

Call:

Harsh and somewhat screechy; screech can be continuous and resemble Little Corella.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Ducorp's cockatoo in captivity
© Steve Milpacher

Did You Know?

The Ducorps Corella is the only cockatoo in its area.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ducorpsii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure or aviary, minimum length 4.5m (14.8 ft).

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Unknown, although reported to be playful and good at escaping their enclosures.

Nest Box Size:

12"x 20" (30.5cm x 51cm) box; difficult to breed.

Clutch Size:

2 to 3

Incubation Time:

26-28 days

Fledging Age:

9 weeks, usually one chick only.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Ducorp's cockatoo in captivity
© Steve Milpacher

Did You Know?

The Ducorps Corella is the only cockatoo in its area.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ducorpsii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Thought to be above 100,000.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Wild bird trade a possible future threat; possibly habitat loss.

Range:

Occurs in Bougainville and Buka Islands, E Papua New Guinea; and Solomon Islands east to Malaita but absent from San Cristobal group.

Habitat:

Found from coastal areas to mountains; variety of habitats including forest, forest edge, secondary growth, gardens, woodland and townships. Found up to 1700m (5576 ft); mainly below 700m (2296 ft).

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, berries, fruit, buds, blossoms and insects and their larvae. Also some epiphytes.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Is noisy and visible, will fly off noisily if disturbed. Seen in pairs or small flocks flying above the treetops. Raises crest when agitated or excited. May take some garden crops (yams and pawpaws).

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 to 3 elliptical eggs, 37.5 x 26.5mm (1.5 x 1.0 in)

Breeding Season:

July-September

Related Links:

Lexicon of Parrots
Wikipedia
Research: Molecular Systematics and Biogeography of the Cockatoos

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Ducorp's cockatoo in captivity
© Steve Milpacher

Did You Know?

The Ducorps Corella is the only cockatoo in its area.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cacatua ducorpsii

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