This website is about the Palm Cockatoo.
It is not about Palm Cockatoos as pets. We believe that these spectacular unique cockatoos belong in the wild, where they can be observed and enjoyed doing what nature intended.
On this site you will find photos and videos of wild Palm Cockatoos, as well as information about their evolution, uniqueness amongst other cockatoos, diet, habitats, and the threats to their survival.
Sadly, Palm Cockatoos are highly desired as pet and captive breeding birds due to their unique looks. The result of this is poaching of wild birds, extreme suffering, and a reduction in number of a species that is battling survival on a number of other fronts as well – namely habitat loss.
To love a wild animal should mean to love it for just that – being wild. We do not need to own these birds in our homes or aviaries in order to be in awe of their magnificence.
Palm Cockatoo Information
They are the only species in the entire genus of Probosciger. Palm Cockatoos are completely unique, and as such are classified seperately to any other cockatoo species. This has been determined and proven through not only physical characteristics, but also at the molecular level.
Another common name that is used for the species is Goliath Cockatoo.
Palm Cockatoo Distribution
The species is found in multiple countries. In Australia, it is confined to the northern tip of Queensland on the Cape York Peninsula. In Papua New Guinea is is found in lowland rainforests, as well as on the Indonesian island of New Guinea in the province of West Papua.
Palm Cockatoos have one of the largest beaks in the parrot world. Only the Hyacinth Macaw’s is larger. They have a bare red patch of skin that extends from below the eye to the beak. This can change shades based on excitement or alarm.