BARE-EYED COCKATOO

QUICK FACTS

Scientific Name

Cacatua sanguinea

Species Survival Plan

No

Habitat

Riverside woodlands near grasslands and agricultural areas

Predators

Eagle and hawk

Food

Grass seeds, crops, fruits, berries, buds, flowers, nuts and insect larvae

Originally Native To

Australia and Southern New Guinea

Height

14 - 15 inches

Weight

10.5 - 15 ounces

Characteristics

White bird with yellow underwings and red down feathers around the face; has a ring around the eye that is of a bluish color

Gestation Period

25 days

Offspring

1 - 3 eggs

Birth Season

Winter and spring

Lifespan

Wild ?
Captivity 50 years

Social Behavior

Extremely social, live in large flocks

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ABOUT THE BARE-EYED COCKATOO

Bare-eyed cockatoos, also known as little corellas, will inhabit most types of open country, but are particularly abundant in eucalyptus-bordering watercourses. They will roost in the nearby trees overnight, congregating in flocks of several thousand.

In the morning, they leave their perch with a deafening screech before heading for the watering hole, followed by a day of feeding on grass seeds. Early travelers would use the bare-eyed cockatoos as a guide, and follow the flocks in order to find water. They are intelligent and inquisitive birds.

Bare-eyed cockatoos can be very destructive, chewing on everything from tree branches to electrical wire. They also invade cultivated areas and damage crops. Due to their destructive tendencies and large population, they are considered pests in Australia.

 

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