scientific name: Cacatua alba
length: 6 inches
quantity: 1 wing
South East Asian Islands & Indonesia
*when surprised, the umbrella cockatoo it extends a large and striking head crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the name).
the undersides of the wings and tail have a pale yellow or lemon color which flashes when they fly. it is similar to other species of white cockatoo such as yellow-crested cockatoo, sulphur-crested cockatoo, and salmon-crested cockatoo, all of which have yellow, orange or pink crest feathers instead of white.
*recent research by Aniruddh Patel a neurobiologist has revealed that very few species can truly dance.
"dancing" is an untutored, spontaneous response where the animal moves on the beat, matching motion to music. so the animal can't have a trainer. it can't have a human in the room whose moves it copies. it can't spend weeks exposed to the same tune. and when the music changes, it has to change with it, sticking to the beat. the "dance" is triggered by sound, but the moves come from inside — from circuits deep in the dancer's brain.
Patel was able to make this discovery by studying the special cockatoo Snowball, discovered on the youtube video to the right. Patel has concluded that 39 species can truly dance, and 29 nine of those species are parrots.
proceeds benefit the rescue
1. budgerigar (parakeet)
6. african grey
7. umbrella cockatoo
9. amazon parrot
rodents, fish, & reptiles