Bartholomew The Cockatoo

White Parrot at the San Diego Safari Park: LadyD Books

The White Cockatoo: LadyD Books

Large white parrot amidst rainforest at the Safari Park: LadyD Books

This beautiful bird has been perched at the Safari Park for quite sometime now. With every trip I make, this majestic white bird is always there. I'm not really sure if it's a male or female but we've nicknamed him, "Bartholomew the Cockatoo." Being new to bird watching, I'm thinking it's a White Cockatoo. Here's what I learned from wikipedia

The White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba), also known as the Umbrella Cockatoo, is a medium-sized all white cockatoo endemic to tropical rainforest on islands of Indonesia. When surprised, it extends a large and striking head crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the alternative 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. 

All I know is that I waited  a long time to see the bird fluff up his crested feathers but he/she kept nibbling away at the tree branch in need of sharpening the beak. What I did notice was that the toes were pointing forward and some backwards. Beautiful bird around 14 lbs. or so and I was told they are endangered. What a wonderful sanctuary for them and for all to see at the San Diego Safari Park.

 Photos for Wild Bird Wednesday

If you're thinking of getting a parrot, you may be interested in this book,
Cockatoos (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)

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