Ducorps’s Cockatoo(Cacatua ducorpsii); 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 the eye of male dark brown, of female reddish brown. Immature has a dark grey eye.
- LC Least ConcernGlobal IUCN (2020) Red List category
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Species name officially validated against Plyctolophus DuCrops [sic]. Species names goffini and tanimberensis, both used previously for C. goffiniana, are synonyms of present species (see C. goffiniana). Monotypic.
Solomon Cockatoo Is from Bougainville SE to Malaita and Guadalcanal.
Ducorps’s Cockatoo is found universally throughout the forest, up to 1700 m in the cloud forest.
Not reported in large flocks, occurring mainly in pairs or groups of 5–10 individuals.
Diet and Foraging
Ducorps’s Cockatoo 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 calls.
Until recently, unknown. Eleven nests with young, estimated to be 4–5 weeks old, were 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 somebody feathers still in sheath and primaries well developed; the color of natal down not documented.
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Conservation status Least Concern
Not globally threatened. CITES II. The 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 a result of increased pressure from logging.