Blog Archive: Cockatoos

Birdorable Pink Cockatoo

Cookie the Famous Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

August 12th, 2015 in Cockatoos, Parrots No comments
Birdorable Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

We've recently added the Pink Cockatoo to Birdorable as our 616th species and our 94th parrot species. This pretty bird is also commonly known as the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo.

Parrots are known for their longevity, and one particular famous Major Mitchell's Cockatoo recently celebrated his 82nd hatchday. Cookie is a handsome male bird who has lived at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo since the zoo opened in 1934.

Cookie was hatched on June 30, 1933, in his native Australia. The Guinness Book of Records recognizes Cookie as the oldest living parrot; the average lifespan for Major Mitchell's Cockatoos in captivity is 40-60 years. Cookie has smashed this record by a significant margin.

Here is video of Cookie's latest birthday celebration, which took place at Brookfield Zoo.

Birdorable Tanimbar Corella

Cockatoos anticipate tasty prize, use self-control

March 19th, 2013 in Cockatoos, In the News, Science 2 comments

In a recent research study, it was discovered that cockatoos would exhibit self-control in order to receive a prized nut. Self-control was previously thought to be exclusively practiced by animals with larger brains.

Birdorable Goffin's Cockatoo with nuts

Researchers at the University of Vienna gave Goffin's Cockatoos pecan nuts. The birds that waited up to 80 seconds were able to trade up for a more tasty prize: a cashew nut. Here is a video of one of the Goffin's Cockatoos that participated in the study, Muppet, impatiently waiting for his cashew. To learn more about the study, read further here: These bird brains exercise some self-control.

Birdorable Palm Cockatoo

New Coloring Page: Palm Cockatoo

June 13th, 2011 in Coloring Pages, Cockatoos 1 comment

Here is a new Birdorable coloring page for some cute coloring fun: the Palm Cockatoo. Go to Coloring Pages to download the new free PDF. You can visit the Birdorable Palm Cockatoo page to check the colors.

Birdorable Palm Cockatoo Coloring Page

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Birdorable Tanimbar Corella

A cockatoo by any other name...

August 23rd, 2010 in Cockatoos No comments

Goffin's Cockatoo, also known as Goffin's Corella or Tanimbar Corella, has been part of the Birdorable family since August 2009. These beautiful white birds are native to the Tanimbar islands in Indonesia. This species, popular in aviculture at least since the 1970's, was only formally described for science in 2004! Although the Goffin's Cockatoo was discovered as early as the 1860's by German naturalist Otto Finsch, and named for his Dutch friend Andreas Leopold Goffin, it recently came to light that Finsch's data was based on two entirely different species. The bird confused with the Goffin's Cockatoo was the Solomons Cockatoo. Whatever name you like to call this lovely crested cutie, be sure to have a look at our collection of Birdorable Goffin's Cockatoo t-shirts & gifts!

Goffin's Cockatoo