Ducorp’s Cockatoo

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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About Ducorp’s Cockatoo

12 inches
50+ years
Bird Species
Vocal, Loud, Mimics, Talkative, Noisy
Social, Goofy, Fun, Friendly, Cuddly, Clownish
Comparable Breeds
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Ducorp’s Cockatoo General Info

Cockatoos are some of the funniest, loveliest and noisiest pet parrots around. They are adored worldwide for their radiant personalities and goofy attitude and make some of the world’s most popular pets. The Ducorp’s Cockatoo falls into a particular group of cockatoos more commonly known as corellas. These energetic parrots have a whole set of special traits and unique little details that make them stand apart from the group. The Ducorp’s Cockatoo is sure to surprise you with its lovable character!

Corellas have a lot of unique traits. These popular Australian birds are a common pet all over the world.

Native Region/Natural Habitat

These peculiar birds are endemic almost exclusively to the Solomon Islands, which gives them another popular nickname – the Solomons Cockatoo. Small populations are also seen on nearby Bougainville island and eastern Papua New Guinea. Interestingly, they are the only breed of cockatoos in their area, which helps them thrive and breed without much interference. Thanks to the relative remoteness of their habitat, they suffer no threats and are a species of least concern. They thrive in a variety of areas, most of which are dense forests, secondary growth, and local sparse woodland.

Overall Description

One of the relatively bigger breeds, the Ducorp’s Cockatoo still has the same physical aspects as most well-known cockatoos. Still, with the few distinguishing details exclusive for corellas, they offer their own identity and their special charm. The adults reach an average length of 12 inches (31 centimeters) and can weigh up to a pound (420 grams). These are robust and big birds and will certainly require a lot of space. Due to their size, an aviary is recommended, or a pretty big and roomy cage. This is needed to provide enough space for movement and minimize the risk of obesity and lethargy. While almost identical, males and females can still be distinguished by one small detail. The iris of males is black-brown, while in females it is light brown. Pay attention to this when purchasing your pet.

Speech and Sounds

Cockatoos are quite goofy and unpredictable. They have a strong will and can burst into a clownish silliness whenever they feel like it. One of the aspects of this goofy behavior is the level of noise. While they can be silent for a bit, they can start a loud mix of mimicry and loud talking at the very next moment. This is one of the things to always keep in mind with cockatoos. Apartment settings just won’t work due to the loudness. They are very good at mimicking sounds, especially human speech – but they are not talkers. Their version of “talking” is a slurred river of twisted words that sounds silly and is unique to cockatoos. But still, with a little patience, you can overcome the noise and enjoy the company of your silly friend.


Cockatoos are perhaps the simplest of all the parrots when it comes to colors. The Ducorp’s Cockatoo is no exception, and its looks might leave you wanting a bit more. They are entirely white. While this sounds as simple as it can be, they still possess a certain graceful charm, reserved for entirely white birds. Their beaks are a mix between white and pale blue, a detail unique for corellas. A small pale blue ring around their black eyes completes this look and presents a simple, yet elegant parrot that can still charm without much difficulty.

The iconic crest of the cockatoos is also a symbol of the Ducorp’s Cockatoo. This majestic and intriguing feather fan is a mesmerizing sight.

Care and Feeding

In the wild, these corellas thrive on fruits, blossoms, crops, insects, and larvae. They are sometimes seen as pests in certain regions, as they love the corn and yam plantations. As a pet, they will require a balanced diet, which is easily achieved for cockatoos. Most stores have a specific cockatoo seed mix, which works well as a basis. Additionally, introduce some fresh fruit and vegetables as a source of vitamins and minerals, and you’re good to go. This simple diet often works best and makes your pet fit and happy.

Health and Common Conditions

Cockatoos are known for their durable nature and ability to adapt. Of course, you will still need to provide a lot of good care and basic attention, in order to minimize any potential threats. Some of the basics of good care are good hygiene and plenty of exercise. Social interaction is also required, and your feathery friend will definitely remind you of it. With the highly energetic and mischievous personality of cockatoos, you will likely be constantly nudged for playtime or some cuddling.

Cockatoos have some of the wildest, goofiest and highly energetic personalities in the parrot world. Best be prepared for this.

Personality & Behavior

The easiest way to effectively describe a pet cockatoo is – fun. This one word can tell you all you need to know. With an endlessly silly personality, a love for tricks, clowning and playing games, you will never be bored with your pet. Overall, Ducorp’s Cockatoo is a friendly, smart and very playful parrot that will never fail to make your day better and funnier. They make a great pet for families or singles that want a sociable, entertaining pet in their home.

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Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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