Palm Cockatoo

About the Palm Cockatoo

Also known as: Goliath Cockatoo, Great Black Cockatoo

The Palm Cockatoo is a large species of parrot native to the extreme northeastern part of Australia. Their distinctive plumage is slate-grey and they sport bright red featherless cheeks. They have a long, shaggy head crest.

Palm Cockatoos have extremely large and strong bills, which they use to break off thick branches used for a drumming display. Palm Cockatoos breed every two years, laying just one egg. Their lifespan may make up for their low breeding success rate; Palm Cockatoos have lived to over 55 years of age in captivity.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 July 2010
Scientific Name
Probosciger aterrimus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Cacatuidae
  • Probosciger
  • P. aterrimus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 to 24 inches
32 to 42 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) kakadu arový
Danish (Dansk) Arakakadu
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Kaketoe
Finnish (Suomi) palmukakadu
French (Français) Cacatoès noir
German (Deutsch) Arakakadu
Italian (Italiano) Cacatua delle palme
Japanese (日本語) ヤシオウム (yashioumu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Palmekakadu
Polish (Polski) zalobnica palmowa
Russian (русский язык) Черный какаду
Spanish (Español) Cacatúa Enlutada
Swedish (Svenska) Palmkakadua
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