Bird Families

Funeral cockatoo (species overview)

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The name in Latin of this magnificent representative of parrots sounds like - Calyptorhynchus (Zanda) funereus.

As for its appearance, it is a very large bird, the weight of which reaches almost one kilogram. Body dimensions are also impressive. The length of the body of a parrot can reach almost seventy centimeters.

If you are interested in the signs of a mourning cockatoo, then you should immediately decide what kind of cockatoo you are talking about. There are several of the most common species among which I would like to highlight such as Banks' mourning cockatoo, yellow-eared mourning cockatoo, as well as white-tailed and white-eared mourning cockatoos.

Banks' funeral cockatoo was named after an English naturalist living in the seventeenth century. The main tone of plumage is black. However, among the tail feathers, you will probably notice red blotches. Moreover, representatives of this species are characterized by a large number of yellow spots located on the plumage of the head, neck and wings of the bird.

Banks' mourning cockatoo lives in Australia. It is there, among the eucalyptus forests, that you can meet this magnificent parrot. However, he does not live alone, but in small companies of exactly the same birds as he himself.

It is believed that this particular species is the most expensive and therefore valuable for keeping at home. However, if you are lucky enough to become the owner of this magnificent bird, then it can live with you for about forty years.

If you are interested in the yellow-eared funeral cockatoo, then this species is also very interesting. He lives in the same place, in Australia. This bird species is characterized by an individual color of plumage. However, the main color of the pen is the same - black. But on the reverse side, the feathers have a noticeable yellow edging.

However, it got its name for a reason, but for its yellow plumage in the area of ​​the ears.

Unlike Banks' mourning cockatoo, this species can easily settle near a person's dwelling. In addition, jaundice representatives of the described species live in the company of a large number of relatives.

This type is also characterized by an individual sound with which they communicate with each other. Thanks to him, local residents can easily find out that there is a flock of these yellow-eared pranksters nearby.

As for food, these birds are very unpretentious and can happily eat both plant foods and animals, in the form of small butterflies and beetles.

This species is under protection due to the threat of extinction. The threat to this species is represented by deforestation, which is their natural habitat.

Reproduction

The breeding period is preceded by the selection of a pair. It was at this time that the males of mourning cockatoos begin to court the females that they liked, attracting their attention in every possible way. To do this, they flaunt their plumage in front of them in every possible way and perform a kind of dance.

Subsequently, together with this male, the female begins to improve the future nest. Ideally for this case, any nearby hollow is suitable, in which a couple will lay their eggs for more than one year.

However, abandoned nests left by other birds are also suitable as nests.

In the selected and equipped nest, the female will lay no more than a couple of eggs. However, most likely only one chick will survive, the most robust and hardy.

The incubation process lasts about a month. After that, a tiny funeral cockatoo is born. The couple will be engaged in his trusteeship and training for six months.

In order for the chick to grow stronger and become covered with strong plumage, a period of three months is required. However, they begin to leave the nest only after four months.

If you are lucky enough to become the owner of this luxurious and intelligent bird, then you will surely be surprised at its intelligent disposition. These parrots easily master small locking locks, easily opening them on their cage. In this connection, when buying this parrot, make sure that the aviary or cage where the pet will be kept is equipped with a serious lock like a hinged one.

In general, mourning cockatoos are good-natured and playful birds, quickly finding a common language with the person who tamed them.

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