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This hooked bill Family is separated from parakeets and parrots to include only Cockatoo. There are 7 subfamilies, but we will focus only on those found in captivity: Calyptorhynchus, Cacatuines, Cacatuas, and Nymphicines. Today we’re going to take a look at this big family to see what exactly it is.


For information, the 6 genres are:

  • Cacatua
  • Cacatinates
  • Nymphicus
  • Lophophora
  • Callocephalon
  • Calyptorhynchus
  • Probosciger

However, despite the number of genders, there is a certain common trait between the sub-families. Generally, these birds are gregarious, they have an erectile crest that is used in the body language of these birds. Their sizes, colors, and shapes vary between species. Often noisy, these feather balls are extremely destructive. It is therefore essential to provide them with what it takes to meet this natural need that allows the passage of beaks and claws. Boredom is their worst enemy, unfortunately, it’s the boredom they easily fall victim to, so it’s essential to give them something to deal with. Unfortunately, this often results in stitching.


    Black, Gray, Pink, White

  • SIZE

    large, medium


    30 + years


    Vocal communicator


    Highly social



Among the 5 species found in this family in captivity are the Microglossa Noir ° cockatoo, that of Banks °.

Note: ° Annex IA – * Annex IIB

They are frugivorous and granivorous and have dark plumage from Australia. All of them have an identifiable sexual dimorphism. Their beaks are extremely powerful.

Among the species found in this family in captivity are the white cockatoo °, the small yellow crested cockatoo *, the big yellow-crested cockatoo °, that of the Moluccas *, Goffin *, the Philippines *, Ducorps °, to the Blue Eyes °, the Corella °, the Laborer *, the Nasique °.

Note: ° Annex IA – * Annex IIB

These hooked beaks vary from plus or minus 30cm to plus or minus 65cm. These birds generally have a strong character and are not to be put in all hands. They enjoy a long life in captivity. The record held by an animal park is 92 years, however in private individuals on average they live 40 to 50 years.

Valérie JaranSensitive to cold outdoors, these feather balls can hardly withstand temperatures below 5 ° C and high humidity. A very slight sexual dimorphism would be visible to the naked eye, but personally I find it so vague that nothing beats a DNA test.


Among those found in captivity are the Rosalbin * Cockatoo & the Gang-gang ° Cockatoo.

Note: ° Annex IA – * Annex IIB

Measuring more or less 35cm, these birds have gray plumage. These hooks enjoy digging on the ground so it is advisable to deworm them. This therefore means that excavation and foraging games are necessary for them. If their character is asserted, they remain easier than the previous families mentioned. They don’t like too low temperatures like their cousins. Their life expectancy in our homes is 35 to 40 years.

Josiane Mathinier0 In captivity, these feather balls are subject to being overweight, so it is essential to monitor their diet and avoid overly fatty foods. Its daily menu should consist of 50% fresh products (fruits & vegetables), dry, soggy, sprouted, extruded seeds.

cockatoo (Cacatuidae) form a family of the order of psittaciformes including all species of cockatoo, and cockatiel.
They are recognized by their feathered crests that individuals of this family can raise at will on their heads.

  • Corella cockatoo

  • Cacatua sanguinea

Family of cacatuidae

Scientific name: Licmetis
Rank: Subgenus
Family: Cacatuidae
Higher classification: Cacatua
Class: Aves
Corella cockatoo
Cacatua sanguinea
The Cacatua corella (Cacatua sanguinea) is a species of bird in the Cacatuidae family.

corella cockatoo

  • Crested cockatoo

  • Sulphur-crested cockatoo

  • Cacatua galerita

Family of cacatuidae

Lifespan: 20 – 40 years (In the wild)
Scientific name: Cacatua galerita
Mass: 1.7 lbs Encyclopedia of Life
Length: 20 in. Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population decreasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Class: Aves
The Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is a species of bird in the family Cacatuidae. It is one of the largest and most widespread Australian cockatoo. It is frequently sought after as a pet in and out of Australia. But, in freedom, it is often slaughtered and poisoned because considered as harmful. Indeed, in bands or solitary, it can attack the grain and fruit crops, as well as the wood of trees, garden sheds or houses. However, to destroy them, an authorization from the Australian government because they are protected animals.

crested cockatoo

  • Orange crested cockatoo

  • Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata

Family of cacatuidae

Scientific name: Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata
Phylum: Chordata
Higher classification: Yellow-crested cockatoo
Order: Parrot
Rank: Subspecies
Kingdom: Animalia
The Crested Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata) is a bird of the parrot family and the cockatoo family. It is a subspecies of the lesser crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea).

orange crested cockatoo

  • White cockatoo

  • Cacatua alba

Family of cacatuidae

Lifespan: 40 – 60 years (In captivity)
Mass: 1.1 – 1.4 lbs Encyclopedia of Life
Length: 18 in. Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific name: Cacatua alba
Conservation status: Endangered (Population decreasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Kingdom: Animalia
White cockatoo
Cacatua alba
The White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba) is a species of bird in the Cacatuidae family endemic to the Moluccas archipelago in Indonesia.

white cockatoo

  • Red-crested cockatoo

  • Cacatua moluccensis

Family of cacatuidae

Red-crested cockatoo
Cacatua moluccensis
The Red-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis) or Moluccan Cockatoo, is a species of bird in the family Cacatuidae.

red-crested cockatoo

  • Banks cockatoo

  • Calyptorhynchus banksii

Family of cacatuidae

Family‎: ‎Cacatuidae; G. R. Gray 1840
Phylum‎: ‎Chordata
Class‎: ‎Aves
Kingdom‎: ‎Animalia

Banksian cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus banksii
The Banksian Cockatoo or Banks Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) is a species of large Australian cockatoo. This species was known as Calyptorhynchus magnificus for many decades, until its current scientific name, named botanist Joseph Banks, was officially adopted in 1994.

This bird is more common in the driest parts of the continent. Five subspecies significantly different by the size of the beak are distinguished. Although the northern subspecies are still widespread, the two southern subspecies are threatened. The latter are named after their English vernacular names, the “Banksian forest cockatoo” and the “Southeast banked cockatoo”.

The Banksian Cockatoo is about 60 centimeters long. The two sexes are dissimilar. The males are completely black, with the exception of red bands on the tail, while the females, slightly smaller than the males, have black brown plumage speckled with spots and thin yellow bands while the bands of the tail are yellow. orange.

These birds usually live in eucalyptus forests or along rivers. In the north of the country, these cockatoos generally gather in large bands. They feed on seeds and nest in tree cavities. This is why they depend on the presence of fairly large diameter trees, usually eucalyptus trees. Populations in south-eastern Australia are threatened by reduced forest cover and other habitat modifications.

Of all the “blackish plucked cockatoos”, the Banksian Cockatoo is the easiest to breed1, but it remains rare and expensive (like all the species in this group) outside Australia2.

banks cockatoo

  • Leadbeater cockatoo

  • Major Mitchell’s cockatoo

  • Lophochroa leadbeateri

Family of cacatuidae

Length: 20 – 24 in. (In the wild)
Scientific name: Lophochroa leadbeateri
Class: Aves
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Parrot
Rank: Species
Ducorps’s cockatoo
Cacatua ducorpsii
The Ducorps’s Cockatoo (Cacatua ducorpsii) is a species of bird belonging to the family Cacatuidae.

Leadbeater cockatoo

  • Ducorps’s cockatoo

  • Cacatua Ducorpsi

  • Solomons cockatoo

  • Ducorps’s cockatoo

Family of cacatuidae

Mass: 14 oz (Adult) Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific name: Cacatua ducorpsii
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population stable) Encyclopedia of Life
Phylum: Chordata
Higher classification: Cacatua
Order: Parrot
Calyptorhynchus funereus
Funeral cockatoo
Although not particularly common, they are one of the most beloved and characteristic birds of South Australia. They are generally seen flying at a moderate height. They have particularly large wings and fly very slowly and with singularly heavy and fluid movements. Their loud and sinister howling allows them to make calls over long distances and the combination of their cries and their silhouette is unique.

Ducorps cockatoo

  • Funeral cockatoo

  • Calyptorhynchus funereus

  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Family of cacatuidae

Mass: 1.5 lbs Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific name: Calyptorhynchus funereus
Phylum: Chordata
Higher classification: Calyptorhynchus
Order: Parrot
Rank: Species
The Funeral Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) is a species of bird belonging to the family Cacatuidae. It is native to south-eastern Australia. It is the largest of the cockatoos and Australian parrots. It is found from the Eyre Peninsula in the south to the central east of central Queensland. In at least some places, it seems to have adapted to the presence of humans and can often be seen in many parts of Sydney and Melbourne.

Funeral cockatoo

  • Philippine cockatoo

  • Red-vented cockatoo

  • Cacatua haematuropygia

Family of cacatuidae

Scientific name: Cacatua haematuropygia
Mass: 10 oz (Adult) Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status: Critically Endangered (Population decreasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Rank: Species
Phylum: Chordata
Higher classification: Cacatua
The Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) is a monotypic species of bird in the family Cacatuidae, endemic to the Philippines. While it was common in 1950, it experienced a rapid decline to the point of only having 1,000 to 4,000 representatives, divided into several populations.

Philippine cockatoo

  • Cacatua tenuirostris

  • Long-billed corella

Family of cacatuidae

Mass: 1.2 lbs Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific name: Cacatua tenuirostris
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population increasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Phylum: Chordata
Higher classification: Cacatua
Order: Parrot
The Nasal Cockatoo (Cacatua tenuirostris) is a species of bird of the order Psittaciformes and family Cacatuidae native to Australia.

nasal cockatoo

  • rosalbin cockatoo

  • Galah

  • Eolophus roseicapilla

Family of cacatuidae

Lifespan: 40 years
Mass: 11 oz (Adult) Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific name: Eolophus roseicapilla
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population increasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Eolophus
Rosalbin cockatoo
Eolophus roseicapilla
The Rosalbin Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapilla) is a species of bird in the family Cacatuidae. It is one of the most common cockatoo in Australia. It is the only species of the genus Eolophus.

rosalbin cockatoo

  • Probosciger aterrimus

  • Palm cockatoo

  • The goliath cockatoo

Family of cacatuidae

Scientific name: Probosciger aterrimus
Kingdom: Animalia
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Probosciger
Family: Cacatuidae
Class: Aves
The Black Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), also called Black Microglossus, is a species of bird in the family Psittacidae, the only representative of the genus Probosciger. This classification has been confirmed by genetic studies

palm cockatoo

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