- LC Least ConcernGlobal IUCN (2020) Red List category
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30 cm; 360 g. White
corella-type cockatoo, medium-crested
, and with pink bases to head feathers; periophthalmic skin pale blue ; bill and feet grey; sexes similar, but eye of male dark brown, of female reddish brown. Immature has dark grey eye.
Species name officially validated against Plyctolophus DuCrops [sic] (1). Species names goffini and tanimberensis, both used previously for C. goffiniana, are synonyms of present species (see C. goffiniana). Monotypic.
Solomon Is from Bougainville SE to Malaita and Guadalcanal.
Found universally throughout forest , up to 1700 m in cloud forest.
Not reported in large flocks, occurring mainly in pairs or groups of 5–10 individuals.
Diet and Foraging
Eats fruits, seeds, blossom, leaf buds, epiphytes, large caterpillars and soft-bodied insects; raids native gardens, eating pawpaws and digging up sweet potatoes.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Flight call is a fast succession of two or three short grating notes, “reh-reh” or “ryeh-eh-eh”, repeated at short intervals. When perched, vocabulary is more diverse but mainly involves staccato series of short grating notes with a similar tonal quality to flight call.
Until recently, unknown. Eleven nests with young, estimated to be 4–5 weeks old, recently found in Jun (3), Jul (5) and Aug (3). Nests were in natural cavities in trees, 20–25 m above ground. Brood size was 3 chicks (1), 2 chicks (9) and 1 chick (1); all nestlings had some body feathers still in sheath and primaries well developed; colour of natal down not documented.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Present species is the only island cockatoo that has not been subjected to heavy trapping for the aviary trade. Precise information lacking, but species is still common, though likely to suffer in the future as result of increased pressure from logging.