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Blue-Eyed Cockatoo


Scientific Name: Cacatua ophthalmica


Origin: New Britain and Eastern Papua New Guinea.


Habitat: The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo lives in forest canopies and trees.

They flock in small groups.


Physical Description: The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo stands up to 50cm (19.68 inches) tall.

It has a black bill and primarily white plumage with an erectile yellow and white crest. It is specifically characterized by its blue eye ring. The blue eye ring is featherless and gives the species its name.

Males tend to have a dark brown iris, while females tend to have a redder iris.


Behavior: The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo is attention seeking and affectionate. It is friendly and playful, enjoying playtime and mimicking. Neglecting the Blue-Eyed Cockatoo can result in self-destructive practices such as feather plucking.


Vocalization: The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo has a noisy and conspicuous vocalization.


Breeding: The Blue-Eyed Cockatoo is an endangered species.

It mates for life and forms a tight bond with its partner, nesting in tree hollows and laying two eggs. The male and female take turns incubating for 28 to 30 days. The chicks fledge around 14 to 16 weeks after hatching.


Food Habits: Blue-Eyed Cockatoos eat seeds, nuts berries, fruits, insects, and larvae.