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  • Psittacidae


  • 27 years
  • 40 years based on anecdotal evidence


  • Length: 18 inches
  • Weight: 16-24 ounces
  • Wingspan: 9-12 inches


  • North Moluccas of the Maluka province of Indonesia
  • Naturally occur on the islands of Halmahera, Bacan, Ternate, Kasirua, Tidore and Mandioli
  • Introduced to the islands of Obi and Bisa: as escaped or released captives


  • Wooded areas, forests, mangroves, swamps, agricultural areas and around rivers
  • Requires large trees for nesting and communal roosting


  • Wild: Mainly fruit (papaya, durian, langsat, rambutan), berries, and seeds. Occasionally will eat crickets or skinks
  • Zoo: Mazuri Parrot chow, and fresh produce


  • Lay an average of 2 eggs a season
  • Both male and female incubate their eggs over about 30 days
  • Chicks fly after 3 months but parents continue to care for them for another 2-3 weeks afterward
  • Parents usually only raise 1 chick, even if another is hatched

Interesting Facts

  • White cockatoos are extremely smart; they have been known to use a branch to scratch their backs.

Conservation Status

  • CITES -Appendix II
  • IUCN –Endangered


  1. AnAge: The Animal Aging and Longevity Database. Accessed January 2016.
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016.
  3. BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Cacatua alba. Accessed January 21, 2016
  4. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016.

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