Umbrella Cockatoo (White Cockatoo)

The Umbrella Cockatoo or White Cockatoo, Cacatua alba, is a medium-sized cockatoo prevalent to the islands of Halmahera, Bacan, Ternate, Tidore, Kasiruta and Mandiole in North Maluku, Indonesia.

At first sight it appears to be a white parrot with brown or black eyes and a dark gray beak. If it is surprised, it extends a large and striking crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the name). The crest is normally reclining. The undersides of the wings and tail have pale yellow or lemon color, which flash when they fly. Short white feathers grow from and closely cover the upper legs. The Umbrella Cockatoo weighs about 21 ounces.

The Umbrella Cockatoo can live up to (and perhaps beyond) 80 years in age. They are very social, needing a lot of interaction. They can be very loud and their calls can be heard up to three miles away. Hand reared Umbrella Cockatoos can make good pets, as they are sociable, intelligent and they can learn tricks and be trained. They require a large cage and they need to exercise outside of their cage often. They can imitate basic human speech, but they are not considered the most able speakers among parrots.

They can destroy furniture with their powerful beaks and even the sweetest cockatoo may inflict a serious bite without provocation. Additionally, they can make a lot of loud noise and their large droppings are quite messy. Umbrella cockatoos as pets need so much care and attention, and can be so destructive and expensive to keep, that they are often passed from one owner to the next.