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Umbrella Cockatoo

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Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba) -on branch

An Umbrella Cockatoo on a branch.

Umbrella cockatoos, also known as White Cockatoos or Cacatua alba, are members of the Cockatoo family. They are named for their prominent crest feathers.

Appearance and Physical CharactersticsEdit

This medium-sized bird has all-white feathers, with the undersides of the wings and tail often taking on a pale yellow hue. These feathers produce a chalky white "feather dust" powder that easily transfers to clothing and other objets. They have a large, powerful dark gray beak and brown or black eyes, with a striking crest and gray-scaled, zygodactl four-toed feet. Umbrella Cockatoos live approximately 30 to 60 years. 

300px-Cacatua alba -Pairi Daiza, Hainaut, Belgium-8a

Another Umbrella Cockatoo.

Diet and BehaviorEdit

In the wild, these birds eat a variety of fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and roots. They will also diet on insects and insect larvae while brooding.

Umbrella Cockatoos have an unusual tendency to cuddle with humans. This snuggling behavior is rather uncommon in birds. They, like most large parrots, need lots of attention from humans or other birds in captivity. Also similar to other large psitticines, they have very loud voices and will scream at dawn and dusk.

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