Solomons cockatoo

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Solomons cockatoo
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Cacatuidae
Genus: Cacatua
Subgenus: Licmetis
Species: C. ducorpsii
Binomial name
Cacatua ducorpsii
(Pucheran, 1853)
Synonyms

Cacatua tanimberensis Roselaar & Prins, 2000
Lophochroa goffini Finsch, 1863[2]

The Solomons cockatoo (Cacatua ducorpsii), also known as the Ducorps' cockatoo, Solomons corella or broad-crested corella, is a species of cockatoo endemic to the Solomon Islands. This small white cockatoo is larger than the Tanimbar corella yet smaller than the umbrella cockatoo. The species is common across most of the Solomons, absent only from Makira in the south. It inhabits lowland rainforests, secondary forests, cleared areas and gardens.

Description

The Solomons cockatoo is about 30 cm (12 in) long. They are predominantly white. They have a blue eye ring and a recumbent crest which resembles a sail in its raised state. As other members of the subgenus Licmetis, it has a pale bill.

Distribution & population

The Solomons cockatoo is abundant on all islands in the Solomon Islands but, its absent from Makira and surrounding islands.[3] Ornithologists estimate that the bird has a population of around 100,000 individual birds. It has been listed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.[1]

Solomons cockatoo on a Dari millet

Breeding

The Solomons cockatoo nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually two in a clutch. The eggs are incubated for about 25 days and the chicks leave the nest about 62 days after hatching.[4] Wild birds typically breed from July–September.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Cacatua ducorpsii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Roselaar, C.S.; J.P. Michels. "Nomenclatural chaos untangled, resulting in the naming of the formally undescribed Cacatua species from the Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia (Psittaciformes: Cacatuidae)". Systematic notes on Asian birds. 48. 
  3. ^ a b "Ducorp’s Corella (Cacatua ducorpsii)". World Parrot Trust - Parrot Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  4. ^ Alderton, David (2003). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Caged and Aviary Birds. London, England: Hermes House. p. 205. ISBN 1-84309-164-X. 


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