Current range of cockatoos – red Finds of recent fossils – blue
* Plyctolophinae Vigors 1825
A COCKATOO is a parrot that is any of the 21 species belonging to the
bird family CACATUIDAE, the only family in the superfamily
Cacatuoidea. Along with the
Psittacoidea (true parrots ) and the
Strigopoidea (large New Zealand parrots ), they make up the order
Psittaciformes (parrots). The family has a mainly Australasian
distribution, ranging from the
Cockatoos are recognisable by the showy crests and curved bills . Their plumage is generally less colourful than that of other parrots, being mainly white, grey or black and often with coloured features in the crest, cheeks or tail. On average they are larger than other parrots; however, the cockatiel , the smallest cockatoo species, is a small bird. The phylogenetic position of the cockatiel remains unresolved, other than that it is one of the earliest offshoots of the cockatoo lineage. The remaining species are in two main clades. The five large black coloured cockatoos of the genus Calyptorhynchus form one branch. The second and larger branch is formed by the genus Cacatua , comprising 11 species of white-plumaged cockatoos and four monotypic genera that branched off earlier; namely the pink and white Major Mitchell\'s cockatoo , the pink and grey galah , the mainly grey gang-gang cockatoo and the large black-plumaged palm cockatoo .
Cockatoos prefer to eat seeds, tubers , corms , fruit, flowers and insects. They often feed in large flocks, particularly when ground-feeding. Cockatoos are monogamous and nest in tree hollows . Some cockatoo species have been adversely affected by habitat loss , particularly from a shortage of suitable nesting hollows after large mature trees are cleared; conversely, some species have adapted well to human changes and are considered agricultural pests .
Cockatoos are popular birds in aviculture , but their needs are difficult to meet. The cockatiel is the easiest cockatoo species to maintain and is by far the most frequently kept in captivity. White cockatoos are more commonly found in captivity than black cockatoos. Illegal trade in wild-caught birds contributes to the decline of some cockatoo species in the wild.
* 1 Etymology
* 2 Taxonomy
* 2.1 Genera and species
* 3 Morphology
* 3.1 Voice
* 4 Distribution and habitat
* 5 Behaviour
* 5.1 Diet and feeding * 5.2 Breeding * 5.3 Predators and threats
* 6 Relationship with humans
* 6.1 Pests * 6.2 Status and conservation * 6.3 Aviculture * 6.4 Culture * 6.5 Intelligence
* 7 Notes
* 8 References
* 8.1 Cited texts
* 9 External links
The word cockatoo dates from the 17th century and is a derivation from the Malay name for these birds, "kakak tua" (meaning "older sibling") or from the call of the white cockatoo itself. Seventeenth-century variants include cacato, cockatoon and crockadore, and cokato, cocatore and cocatoo were used in the eighteenth century. The derivation has also been used for the family and generic names Cacatuidae and Cacatua respectively.
In Australian slang or vernacular speech, a person who is assigned to keep watch while others undertake clandestine or illegal activities, particularly gambling, may be referred to as a "cockatoo". Proprietors of small agricultural undertakings are often jocularly or slightly disparagingly referred to as "cocky farmers."
Phylogeny of the family Cacatuidae
The cockatoos were first defined as a subfamily Cacatuinae within the parrot family Psittacidae by the English naturalist George Robert Gray in 1840, with Cacatua the first listed and type genus. This group has alternately been considered as either a full or subfamily by different authorities. The American ornithologist James Lee Peters in his 1937 Check-list of Birds of the World, Sibley and Monroe in 1990 maintained it as a subfamily, while parrot expert Joseph Forshaw classified it as a family in 1973. Subsequent molecular studies indicate that the earliest offshoot from the original parrot ancestors were the New Zealand parrots of the superfamily Strigopoidea , and following this the cockatoos, now a well-defined group or clade , split off from the remaining parrots, which then radiated across the Southern Hemisphere and diversified into the many species of parrots, parakeets , macaws , lories , lorikeets , lovebirds and other true parrots of the superfamily Psittacoidea.
The relationships among various cockatoo genera are largely resolved, although the placement of the cockatiel ( Nymphicus hollandicus) at the base of the cockatoos remains uncertain. The cockatiel is alternatively placed basal to all other cockatoo species, as the sister taxon to the black cockatoo species of the genus Calyptorhynchus or as the sister taxon to a clade consisting of the white and pink cockatoo genera as well as the palm cockatoo . The remaining species are within two main clades, one consisting of the black species of the genus Calyptorhynchus while the other contains the remaining species. According to most authorities, the second clade includes the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger), the gray and reddish galah (Eolophus), the gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon) and the pinkish Major Mitchell\'s cockatoo (Lophochroa), although Probosciger is sometimes placed basal to all other species. The remaining species are mainly white or slightly pinkish and all belong to the genus Cacatua. The genera Eolophus, Lophochroa and Cacatua are hypomelanistic . The genus Cacatua is further subdivided into the subgenera Licmetis, commonly known as corellas , and Cacatua, referred to as white cockatoos. Confusingly, the term "white cockatoo" has also been applied to the whole genus. The five cockatoo species of the genus Calyptorhynchus are commonly known as black cockatoos, and are divided into two subgenera— Calyptorhynchus and Zanda. The former group are sexually dichromatic , with the females having prominently barred plumage. The two are also distinguished by differences in the food begging calls of juveniles.
The fossil record of cockatoos is even more limited than that of
parrots in general, with only one truly ancient cockatoo fossil known:
a species of Cacatua, most probably subgenus Licmetis, found in Early
GENERA AND SPECIES
The palm cockatoo has a strong bill and red cheeks. At 55–60
cm (22–24 in) long and weighing 910–1,200 g (2.01–2.65 lb), it
is the largest cockatoo. Carnaby\'s black cockatoo with a zoo
Taronga Zoo , Sydney,
There are about 44 different birds in the cockatoo family Cacatuidae including recognized subspecies. The current subdivision of this family is as follows:
Subfamily Calyptorhynchinae : The black cockatoos
* Subgenus Zanda – black-and-yellow/white cockatoos
* Yellow-tailed black cockatoo , Calyptorhynchus funereus (Shaw , 1794) (2–3 subspecies) * Carnaby\'s black cockatoo , Calyptorhynchus latirostris Carnaby, 1948 * Baudin\'s black cockatoo , Calyptorhynchus baudinii Lear , 1832
* Tribe Microglossini : One genus with one species, the black palm cockatoo .
* Tribe Cacatuini : Four genera of white, pink and grey species.
* Major Mitchell\'s cockatoo (also Leadbeater's cockatoo), Lophochroa leadbeateri (Vigors , 1831) (2 subspecies)
Yellow-crested cockatoo (also lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo),
Cacatua sulphurea (Gmelin , 1788) (4 subspecies)
Sulphur-crested cockatoo ,
Cacatua galerita (Latham , 1790) (4
Long-billed corella ,
Cacatua tenuirostris (Kuhl , 1820)
A captive sulphur-crested cockatoo displaying its crest in the US
The cockatoos are generally medium to large parrots of stocky build, which range from 30–60 cm (12–24 in) in length and 300–1,200 g (0.66–2.65 lb) in weight; however, one species, the cockatiel, is considerably smaller and slimmer than the other species, being 32 cm (13 in) long (including its long pointed tail feathers) and 80–100 g (2.8–3.5 oz) in weight. The movable headcrest , which is present in all cockatoos, is spectacular in many species; it is raised when the bird lands from flying or when it is aroused. Cockatoos share many features with other parrots, including the characteristic curved beak shape and a zygodactyl foot, with the two middle toes forward and the two outer toes backward. They differ in the presence of an erectile crest and their lack of the Dyck texture feather composition which causes the bright blues and greens seen in true parrots.
Like other parrots, cockatoos have short legs, strong claws, a
waddling gait and often use their strong bill as a third limb when
climbing through branches. They generally have long broad wings used
in rapid flight, with speeds up to 70 km/h (43 mph) being recorded for
galahs. The members of the genus
Calyptorhynchus and larger white
cockatoos, such as the sulphur-crested cockatoo and Major Mitchell\'s
cockatoo , have shorter, rounder wings and a more leisurely flight.
A pair of gang-gang cockatoos in NSW,
Cockatoos have a large bill, which is kept sharp by rasping the two mandibles together when resting. The bill is complemented by a large muscular tongue which helps manipulate seeds inside the bill so that they can be de-husked before eating. During the de-husking, the lower mandible applies the pressure, the tongue holds the seed in place and the upper mandible acts as an anvil. The eye region of the skull is reinforced to support muscles which move the mandibles sideways. The bills of male cockatoos are generally slightly larger than those of their female counterparts, but this size difference is quite marked in the palm cockatoo.
The plumage of the cockatoos is less brightly coloured than that of the other parrots, with species generally being either black, grey or white. Many species have smaller areas of colour on their plumage, often yellow, pink and red, usually on the crest or tail. The galah and Major Mitchell's cockatoo are more broadly coloured in pink tones. Several species have a brightly coloured bare area around the eye and face known as a periophthalmic ring; the large red patch of bare skin of the palm cockatoo is the most extensive and covers some of the face, while it is more restricted in some other species of white cockatoo, notably the corellas and blue-eyed cockatoo . The plumage of males and females is similar in most species. The plumage of the female cockatiel is duller than the male, but the most marked sexual dimorphism occurs in the gang-gang cockatoo and the two species of black cockatoos in the subgenus Calyptorhynchus, namely the red-tailed and glossy black cockatoos . The iris colour differs in a few species, being pink or red in the female galah and Major Mitchell's cockatoo and red-brown in some other female white cockatoo species. The males all have dark brown irises. A white cockatoo 's left foot clasping aviary bars showing claws, scaly skin and zygodactyly —the middle two toes forward and the outer two toes backward
Cockatoos maintain their plumage with frequent preening throughout the day. They remove dirt and oil and realign feather barbs by nibbling their feathers. They also preen other birds' feathers that are otherwise hard to get at. Cockatoos produce preen-oil from a gland on their lower back and apply it by wiping their plumage with their heads or already oiled feathers. Powder-down is produced by specialised feathers in the lumbar region and distributed by the preening cockatoo all over the plumage.
Moulting is very slow and complex. Black cockatoos appear to replace their flight feathers one at a time, their moult taking two years to complete. This process is much shorter in other species, such as the galah and long-billed corella , which each take around six months to replace all their flight feathers.
The vocalisations of cockatoos are loud and harsh. They serve a number of functions, including allowing individuals to recognize one another, alerting others of predators, indicating individual moods, maintaining the cohesion of a flock and as warnings when defending nests. The use of calls and number of specific calls varies by species; the Carnaby's black cockatoo has as many as 15 different calls, whereas others, such as Major Mitchell's cockatoo, have fewer. Some, like the gang-gang cockatoo, are comparatively quiet but do have softer growling calls when feeding. In addition to vocalisations, palm cockatoos communicate over large distances by drumming on a dead branch with a stick. Cockatoo species also make a characteristic hissing sound when threatened.
DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
Cockatoos have a much more restricted range than the true parrots,
occurring naturally only in
Three species occur in both
Cockatoos occupy a wide range of habitats from forests in subalpine
regions to mangroves. However, no species is found in all types of
habitat. The most widespread species, such as the galah and
cockatiel, are open-country specialists that feed on grass seeds.
They are often highly mobile fast flyers and are nomadic. Flocks of
birds move across large areas of the inland, locating and feeding on
seed and other food sources. Drought may force flocks from more arid
areas to move further into farming areas. Other cockatoo species,
such as the glossy black cockatoo, inhabit woodlands, rainforests,
shrublands and even alpine forests. The red-vented cockatoo inhabits
mangroves and its absence from northern
Cockatoos are diurnal and require daylight to find their food. They
are not early risers, instead waiting until the sun has warmed their
roosting sites before feeding. All species are generally highly social
and roost, forage and travel in colourful and noisy flocks . These
vary in size depending on availability of food; in times of plenty,
flocks are small and number a hundred birds or less, while in droughts
or other times of adversity, they may swell up to contain thousands or
even tens of thousands of birds; one record from the Kimberley noted a
flock of 32,000 little corellas .
Some species require roosting sites that are located near drinking sites; other species travel great distances between the roosting and feeding sites. Cockatoos have several characteristic methods of bathing; they may hang upside down or fly about in the rain or flutter in wet leaves in the canopy. Cockatoos have a preferred "footedness" analogous to human handedness. Most species are left-footed with 87-100% of individuals using their left feet to eat, but a few species favor their right foot.
DIET AND FEEDING
Wild long-billed corellas in Perth . The bird on the right is using its long beak to dig for food in short grass.
Cockatoos are versatile feeders and consume a range of mainly vegetable food items. Seeds form a large part of the diet of all species; these are opened with their large and powerful bills. The galahs, corellas and some of the black cockatoos feed primarily on the ground; others feed mostly in trees. The ground-feeding species tend to forage in flocks, which form tight, squabbling groups where seeds are concentrated and dispersed lines where food is more sparsely distributed; they also prefer open areas where visibility is good. The western and long-billed corellas have elongated bills to excavate tubers and roots and the Major Mitchell's cockatoo walks in a circle around the doublegree ( Emex australis ) to twist out and remove the underground parts.
Many species forage for food in the canopy of trees, taking advantage
of serotiny (the storage of a large supply of seed in cones or gumnuts
by plant genera such as
While some cockatoos are generalists taking a wide range of foods, others are specialists. The glossy black cockatoo specialises in the cones of trees of the genus Allocasuarina , preferring a single species, A. verticillata . It holds the cones in its foot and shreds them with its powerful bill before removing the seeds with its tongue. Some species take large numbers of insects, particularly when breeding; in fact the bulk of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo 's diet is made up of insects. The large bill is used in order to extract grubs and larvae from rotting wood. The amount of time cockatoos have to spend foraging varies with the season. During times of plenty they may need to feed for only a few hours in the day, in the morning and evening, then spend the rest of the day roosting or preening in trees, but during the winter most of the day may be spent foraging. The birds have increased nutritional requirements during the breeding season, so they spend more time foraging for food during this time. Cockatoos have large crops , which allow them to store and digest food for some time after retiring to a tree. During hard times, the cockatoos also display versatility in their diet, travelling widely in order to find food, feeding on more green plant material and in some species using their large bills to dig up corms .
Hand-reared white cockatoo chicks bred for sale as pets
Cockatoos are monogamous breeders, with pair bonds that can last many years. Many birds pair up in flocks before they reach sexual maturity and delay breeding for a year at least. Females breed for the first time anywhere from three to seven years of age and males are often older. Sexual maturity is delayed so birds can develop the skills for raising and parenting young, which is prolonged compared with other birds; the young of some species remain with their parents for up to a year. Cockatoos may also display site fidelity , returning to the same nesting sites in consecutive years. Courtship is generally simple, particularly for established pairs, with the black cockatoos alone engaging in courtship feeding . Established pairs do engage in preening each other , but all forms of courtship drop off after incubation begins, possibly due to the strength of the pair-bond.
Like most parrots, the cockatoos are cavity nesters , nesting in holes in trees, which they are unable to excavate themselves. These hollows are formed from decay or destruction of wood by branches breaking off, fungi or insects such as termites or even woodpeckers where their ranges overlap. In many places these holes are scarce and the source of competition, both with other members of the same species and with other species and types of animal. In general, cockatoos choose hollows only a little larger than themselves, hence different-sized species nest in holes of corresponding (and different) sizes. If given the opportunity, cockatoos prefer nesting over 7 or 8 metres (20–25 ft) above the ground and close to water and food.
The nesting hollows are lined with sticks, wood chips and branches with leaves. The eggs of cockatoos are oval and initially white, as their location makes camouflage unnecessary. However, they do become discoloured over the course of incubation. They range in size from 55 mm × 37 mm (2.2 in × 1.5 in) in the palm and red-tailed black cockatoos, to 26 mm × 19 mm (1.02 in × 0.75 in) in the cockatiel. Clutch size varies within the family, with the palm cockatoo and some other larger cockatoos laying only a single egg and the smaller species laying anywhere between two and eight eggs. Food supply also plays a role in clutch size . Some species can lay a second clutch if the first fails. Around 20% of eggs laid are infertile. The cockatoos' incubation and brooding responsibilities may either be undertaken by the female alone in the case of the black cockatoos or shared amongst the sexes as happens in the other species. In the case of the black cockatoos, the female is provisioned by the male several times a day. The young of all species are born covered in yellowish down, bar the palm cockatoo, whose young are born naked. Cockatoo incubation times are dependent on species size, with the smaller cockatiels having a period of around 20 days and the larger Carnaby's black cockatoo incubating its eggs for up to 29 days.
The nestling period also varies by species size, with larger species having longer nestling periods. It is also affected by season and environmental factors and by competition with siblings in species with clutch sizes greater than one. Much of what is known about the nestling period of some species is dependent on aviary studies – aviary cockatiels can fledge after 5 weeks and the large palm cockatoos after 11 weeks. During this period, the young become covered in juvenile plumage while remaining in the hollow. Wings and tail feathers are slow to grow initially but more rapid as the primary feathers appear. Nestlings quickly reach about 80–90% of adult weight about two thirds of the time through this period, plateauing before they leave the hollow; they fledge at this weight with wing and tail feathers still to grow a little before reaching adult dimensions. Growth rate of the young, as well as numbers fledged, are adversely impacted by reduced food supply and poor weather conditions.
PREDATORS AND THREATS
The peregrine falcon and little eagle have been reported taking
galahs and the wedge-tailed eagle has been observed killing a
sulphur-crested cockatoo. Eggs and nestlings are vulnerable to many
hazards. Various species of monitor lizard (
Like other parrots, cockatoos can be afflicted by psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD). The viral infection causes feather loss and beak malformation and reduces the bird's overall immunity. Particularly prevalent in sulphur-crested cockatoos, little corellas and galahs, it has been recorded in 14 species of cockatoo to date. Although unlikely to significantly impact on large, healthy populations of birds in the wild, PBFD may pose a high risk to smaller stressed populations.
A white cockatoo and a sulphur-crested cockatoo were found to be
infected with the protozoon
RELATIONSHIP WITH HUMANS
A sulphur-crested cockatoo visiting a balcony in Eastern Sydney for bird seeds
Human activities have had positive effects on some species of
cockatoo and negative effects on others. Many species of open country
have benefited greatly from anthropogenic changes to the landscape,
with the great increase in reliable seed food sources, available water
and have also adapted well to a diet including foreign foodstuffs.
This benefit appears to be restricted to Australian species, as
cockatoos favouring open country outside
Several species of cockatoo can be serious agricultural pests . They are sometimes controlled by shooting, poisoning or capture followed by gassing . Non-lethal damage mitigation methods used include scaring, habitat manipulation and the provision of decoy food dumps or sacrifice crops to distract them from the main crop. They can be a nuisance in urban areas due to destruction of property. They maintain their bills in the wild by chewing on wood but, in suburbia, they may chew outdoor furniture, door and window frames; soft decorative timbers such as western red cedar are readily demolished. Birds may also target external wiring and fixtures such as solar water heaters, television antennae and satellite dishes. A business in central Melbourne suffered as sulphur-crested cockatoos repeatedly stripped the silicone sealant from the plate glass windows. Galahs and red-tailed black cockatoos have stripped electrical cabling in rural areas and tarpaulin is targeted elsewhere. Outside Australia, the Tanimbar corella is a pest on Yamdena Island where it raids maize crops. Sulphur-crested cockatoos damaging the Sturt Mall shopping centre facade, made of polystyrene
In 1995 the Government of the state of Victoria published a report on problems caused by long-billed corellas, sulphur-crested cockatoos and galahs, three species which, along with the little corella, have large and growing populations, having benefited from anthropogenic changes to the landscape. Subsequent to the findings and publication of the report, these three species were declared unprotected by a Governor in Council Order under certain conditions and are allowed to be destroyed where serious damage is being caused by them to trees, vineyards, orchards, recreational reserves and commercial crops. Damage covered by the report included not only that to cereal crops, fruit and nut orchards and some kinds of vegetable crops but also to houses and communications equipment. The little corella is a declared pest of agriculture in Western Australia, where it is an aviculturally introduced species. The birds damage sorghum , maize, sunflower , chickpeas and other crops. They also defoliate amenity trees in parks and gardens, dig for edible roots and corms on sports grounds and race tracks , as well as chew wiring and household fittings. In South Australia, where flocks can number several thousand birds and the species is listed as unprotected, they are accused of defoliating red gums and other native or ornamental trees used for roosting, damaging tarpaulins on grain bunkers, wiring and flashing on buildings, taking grain from newly seeded paddocks and creating a noise nuisance .
Several rare species and subspecies, too, have been recorded as causing problems. The Carnaby\'s black cockatoo , a threatened Western Australian endemic , has been considered a pest in pine plantations where the birds chew off the leading shoots of growing pine trees, resulting in bent trunks and reduced timber value. They are also known to damage nut and fruit crops, and have learnt to exploit canola crops. The Baudin's black cockatoo, also endemic to the south-west of Western Australia, can be a pest in apple and pear orchards where it destroys the fruit to extract the seeds. Muir\'s corella , the nominate subspecies of the western corella, is also a declared pest of agriculture in Western Australia, as well as being nationally vulnerable and listed under state legislation as being "rare or likely to become extinct".
STATUS AND CONSERVATION
According to the
The principal threats to cockatoos are habitat loss and the wildlife
trade . All cockatoos are dependent on trees for nesting and are
vulnerable to their loss; in addition many species have specialised
habitat requirements or live on small islands and have naturally small
ranges, making them vulnerable to the loss of these habitats.
Cockatoos are popular as pets and the capture and trade has threatened
some species; between 1983 and 1990, 66,654 recorded salmon-crested
cockatoos were exported from
All species of cockatoo except the cockatiel are protected by the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered
A wing-clipped pet. salmon-crested cockatoos , also known as Moluccan cockatoos, are the largest white-coloured cockatoo species at about 52 cm (20 in) long and weighing 775–935 g. Cockatoos can be noisy and demanding pets.
Kept for their appearance, their intelligence and engaging personalities, cockatoos can nonetheless be problematic pets or companion parrots . Generally, they are not good at mimicking human speech , although the little corella is a renowned talker. As social animals, wild cockatoos have been known to learn human speech from ex-captive birds that have integrated into a flock. Their care is best provided by those experienced in keeping parrots. Cockatoos are social animals and their social needs are difficult to cater for, and they can suffer if kept in a cage on their own for long periods of time.
The cockatiel is by far the cockatoo species most frequently kept in captivity. Among U.S. bird keepers that participated in a survey by APPMA in 2003/04, 39% had cockatiels, as opposed to only 3% that had (other) cockatoo species. The white cockatoos are more often encountered in aviculture than the black cockatoos. Black cockatoos are rarely seen in European zoos due to export restrictions on Australian wildlife but birds seized by governments have been loaned.
Cockatoos are often very affectionate with their owner and at times other people but can demand a great deal of attention. Furthermore, their intense curiosity means they must be given a steady supply of objects to tinker with, chew, dismantle and destroy. Parrots in captivity may suffer from boredom, which can lead to stereotypic behaviour patterns , such as feather-plucking . Feather plucking is likely to stem from psychological rather than physical causes. Other major drawbacks include their painful bites, and their piercing screeches. The salmon-crested and white cockatoo species are particular offenders. All cockatoos have a fine powder on their feathers, which may induce allergies in certain people. In general, the smaller cockatoo species such as Goffin's and quieter Galah's cockatoos are much easier to keep as pets. The cockatiel is one of the most popular and easiest parrots to keep as a pet, and many colour mutations are available in aviculture. A pet cockatiel . The cockatiel is about 32 cm (13 in) long and is by far the smallest and lightest cockatoo.
Larger cockatoos can live 30 to 70 years depending on the species, or
occasionally longer, and cockatiels can live for about 20 years. As
pets they require a long-term commitment from their owners. Their
longevity is considered a positive trait as it reduces instances of
the loss of a pet. The oldest cockatoo in captivity was a Major
Mitchell's cockatoo named "Cookie ", residing at
Brookfield Zoo in
Chicago, which lived to be 83 years old (1933-2016). A
salmon-crested cockatoo named 'King Tut' who resided at San Diego Zoo
was nearly 69 when he died in 1990 and a palm cockatoo reached 56 in
Trained cockatoos are sometimes seen in bird shows in zoos. They are generally less motivated by food than other birds; some may more respond to petting or praise than food. Cockatoos can often be taught to wear a parrot harness , enabling their owners to take them outdoors. Cockatoos have been used in animal-assisted therapy , generally in nursing homes.
Cockatoos often have pronounced responses to musical sounds and numerous videos exist showing the birds dancing to popular music. Research conducted in 2008 with an Eleonora cockatoo named Snowball had indicated that this particular individual is indeed capable of beat induction —perceiving human-created music and synchronizing his body movements to the beat.
Dutch still life with cockatoo, circa 1640.
An early European depiction of a cockatoo is present in the 1496
The ACT Government adopted the gang-gang cockatoo as its official
faunal emblem on 27 February 1997. The short-lived budget airline
Impulse Airlines featured a sulphur-crested cockatoo on its corporate
livery (and aeroplanes). The palm cockatoo, which has a unique beak
and face colouration, is used as a symbol by the World
Two 1970s police dramas featured protagonists with pet cockatoos. In the 1973 film Serpico , Al Pacino's character had a pet white cockatoo and the television show Baretta saw Robert Blake's character with Fred the Triton cockatoo. The popularity of the latter show saw a corresponding rise in popularity of cockatoos as pets in the late 1970s. Cockatoos have been used frequently in advertising; a cockatoo appeared in a 'cheeky' (and later toned down) 2008 advertising campaign for Cockatoo Ridge Wineries.
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