Umbrella Cockatoo

Cacatua alba

Order: Psittaciformes

Husbandry Information

Housing Requirements

Diet Requirements

Veterinary Concerns

Notes on Enrichment & Training


Colony or Breeding Management

Notes species is housed or managed socially or for breeding purposes.

Individual Identification

Dimorphism or practiced ways to individually mark species (such as those in colonies, like giant millipedes).

Programmatic Information


Temperature Guidelines



Tips on Presentation

Touching Techniques

Tips on Handling


Potential Messaging

Acquisition Information


Comments from the Rating System

  • Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park: Needs constant attention, very loud, and moody!
  • Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square: Our Umbrella Cockatoo is a surrendered pet. She had abuse issues and is harder to get comfortable with certain people (all guys and females who wear glasses). She is a big cuddler and will try to cuddle people during handling sessions. She also likes to climb onto your shoulders or head. She still does not feel comfortable with most handlers even after being here almost 10 years now. A lot of things around our grounds scare her, so she is harder to walk around the zoo. All of our parrots are no contact for the public. She will bite handlers when frightened, if they try to get her to do something she doesn’t want to do, or if she thinks the handler will let her get away with it. She generally does not bite experienced handlers. She still won’t say any words for us, but makes some coo-type noises and alarm noises. We don’t have issues with her plucking, but she is hard to enrich. She does not enjoy most toys or shredding things. She would rather have human attention all day. Messaging is plentiful with cockatoos, so that’s nice. She in particular is hard to train because she is so attention-focused and nervous around new things and situations.
  • Downtown Aquarium, Denver: Need staff who can spend time socializing to make suitable for large groups and foreign places. Good “wow” factor.
  • Henry Vilas Zoo: Pretty bird — great to teach with; few people can handle due to aggression; disruptive to collection; challenging to train; difficult to care for in terms of intelligence and personality conflicts, as well as destruction and NOISE.
  • Seneca Park Zoo: Great animals for the “wow” factor, but can have behavioral problems and sometimes a low amount of handlers.

Natural History Information

Range and Habitat


Physical Description


Life Cycle




Threats and Conservation Status


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