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Palm cockatoo

Probosciger aterrimus

Palm cockatoo

Palm cockatoos are the largest of all cockatoos and one of the most beautiful. This bird can make itself look even bigger by raising its crest feathers on top of its head.

Palm cockatoos are one of the few bird species known to use tools. In fact, to make its territory, this cockatoo holds a stick in its food and drums against a hollow tree.

Animal class


Diet - Herbivore
Palm cockatoos eat seeds, fruits, nuts, berries and buds.

Palm cockatoos can be up to 60 centimetres long and can weigh up to one kilogram.

Palm cockatoos are found in forests in New Guinea and Cape York, Australia.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not consider the palm cockatoo to be currently endangered. They are listed under Appendix I of CITES.

Deforestation is a major issue in New Guinea and palm cockatoos are much sought after for the aviary trade.

Current population
Populations of the palm cockatoo are declining, however, no exact figures are known.

Zoo population
There is an EEP for palm cockatoos and there are more than 140 of them living in zoos around the world.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

EEP - European Endangered Species Programme

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