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About the Umbrella Cockatoo

Also known as: White Cockatoo

The Umbrella Cockatoo is a white parrot endemic to some islands of Indonesia. If surprised it extends a huge and striking umbrella-shaped crest. These amazing birds can live to over 80 years of age!

White Cockatoos, as they are also known, are classified as Endangered as of November 2014, with a decreasing population trend. Its numbers in the wild are in decline due to habitat loss and illegal trapping.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 November 2008
Scientific Name Cacatua alba
  • Psittaciformes
  • Cacatuidae
  • Cacatua
  • C. alba
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
19 inches
Range Southeast Asia


From IUCN Red List:
The Umbrella Cockatoo is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species has undergone a rapid population decline, principally owing to unsustainable levels of exploitation, and declines are predicted to become very rapid in the future based on projected future rates of forest loss along with continued pressure from illegal trade. It has therefore been uplisted to Endangered.

International Names

  • Kakadu Bílý (Czech)
  • Hvidtoppet Kakadu (Danish)
  • Witkuifkaketoe (Dutch)
  • Valkokakadu (Finnish)
  • Cacatoès Blanc (French)
  • Weißhaubenkakadu (German)
  • Cacatua Bianco (Italian)
  • タイハクオウム (Taihakuoumu) (Japanese)
  • Hvittoppet Kakadue (Norwegian)
  • Kakadu biala (Polish)
  • Cacatúa Alba (Spanish)
  • Vithuvad Kakadua, Vittofskakadua, Albakakadua (Swedish)

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