Saturday, August 14, 2010

Alba Cockatoo and My Son Iwan

The White Cockatoo, Cacatua alba (also known as the Umbrella Cockatoo), is a medium-sized, approximately 46-cm-long cockatoo endemic to the islands of Halmahera, Bacan, Ternate, Tidore, Kasiruta and Mandiole in North Maluku, Indonesia. It is a white parrot with brown or black eyes and a dark grey beak. When surprised, it extends a large and striking crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the alternative name). Pet White Cockatoos (also called Umbies, or U2's) may raise their crests upon training, or when something catches their interest such as a new toy or person. The undersides of the wings and tail have a pale yellow or lemon color which flashes when they fly.

The White Cockatoo can live up to, and perhaps beyond, 80 years.