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Nosed Cockatoo (Cacatua tenuirostris, Kakatoe tenuirostris)

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Nosed Cockatoo (Cacatua tenuirostris, syn. Kakatoe tenuirostris) - A bird of the cockatoo family.

Body length 40 cm, tail 12 cm, wingspan about 80-90 cm, weight 500-600 g.

The head is large, rounded, with a very short wide crest. The main color of the plumage is white. On the throat and goiter there are reddish-pink feathers. The underside of the wings and tail feathers with a yellow tint. Periocular ring without feathers, grayish-blue. On the forehead there is a transverse strip of red, the eye region and frenum of the same color. The iris is dark brown. Beak and paws are gray. Unlike other cockatoos, the length of its beak exceeds its height.

Sexual differences: sexual demorphism is weakly expressed. The color of males and females is the same. The male has a longer beak; it is slightly larger than the female.

Young birds are smaller than adults.

Habitat: Southeast Australia.

It is inhabited by forests, thickets of malga, meadows, floodplain forests, cultivated landscape, cities, gardens, parks, always near the water. Outside of the breeding season, they are kept in large flocks (100-2000 individuals). Spend the night near water. Early in the morning they fly to a watering place. In the hot season, they rest in the crowns of trees.

They feed on seeds, fruits, nuts, roots, grains, buds, flowers, bulbs, berries, insects and their larvae. They fly in large flocks for feeding. They feed mainly on the ground, using their beak as a plow.

During feeding in open areas 1-2 birds play the role of guards who, when in danger, fly into the air with a loud screech. Causing crops (sunflower, rice, millet, wheat).

The breeding season usually occurs between July and November. Nest in hollows of eucalyptus trees growing near water. The bottom is lined with wood dust. The same nesting has been used for several years. With a lack of suitable trees, they dig holes in soft mud. Several pairs can nest on the same tree. In clutch there are 2–4 white eggs. Both parents incubate eggs for 25–29 days. Chicks fledge at the age of 55-57 days.

It has good ability to "talk". Can imitate words and whole sentences.

Life expectancy of more than 70 years.

Guard Status: Least Concerns.

Least Endangered Species (Least concern, LC) - the conservation status that the International Union for Conservation of Nature assigns to biological species or taxa that do not belong to any other category and, therefore, do not endanger their existence.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animals
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Parrots
Family: Cockatoo
Subfamily: White Cockatoo
Genus: Cockatoo
Species: Nosed Cockatoo

Appearance

Body length 40 cm, tail 12 cm, weight 500-600 g. The head is large, rounded, with a very short wide tuft. The color of the plumage is white. There are red spots on the throat and goiter. The fuzzy area around the eyes is grayish-blue. On the forehead there is a transverse strip of red, the eye region and frenum of the same color. The iris is dark brown. Beak and paws are gray. Unlike other cockatoos, the length of its beak exceeds its height. Male and female are colored the same. The male has a longer beak; it is slightly larger than the female. Young birds are smaller than adults.

Lifestyle

It is inhabited by forests, thickets of malga, meadows, floodplain forests, cultivated landscape, cities, gardens, parks, always near the water. Outside of the breeding season, they are kept in large flocks (100-2000 individuals). Spend the night near water. Early in the morning they fly to a watering place. In the hot season, they rest in the crowns of trees. They feed on seeds, fruits, nuts, roots, grains, buds, flowers, bulbs, berries, insects and their larvae. They fly in large flocks for feeding. They feed mainly on the ground, using their beak as a plow. During feeding in open areas 1-2 birds play the role of guards who, when in danger, fly into the air with a loud screech. Causing crops (sunflower, rice, millet, wheat).

Breeding

Nest in hollows of eucalyptus trees growing near water. The bottom is lined with wood dust. The same nesting has been used for several years. With a lack of suitable trees, they dig holes in soft mud. Several pairs can nest on the same tree. In clutch there are 2–4 white eggs. Both parents incubate eggs for 25–29 days. Chicks fledge at the age of 55-57 days.

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