Why is my cockatoo turning gray

Appearance of the cockatoo: Always well coiffed

With a body length between 30 and 70 centimeters, cockatoos are among the larger parrots. Their family includes 21 different species, which are divided into six genera. Although its affiliation has long been debated, the cockatiel is also part of the Kakadu family. Because, as befits true cockatoos, its head plumage is always perfectly coiffed.

The spring bonnet is one of its most characteristic features, along with the strong hooked beak. Its feet, which the bird often uses as a gripping tool, are just as powerful.

Plumage of the cockatoo

In terms of color, the conspicuously coiffed cockatoos are rather reserved. Their plumage color is white, gray or pink, depending on the species. There are also black, red and yellow colors. Feet, beak and the areas of skin around the eyes are also colored differently depending on the species.

In some cockatoos, the feather bonnet sets color accents and differs from the rest of the plumage. The body of the probably best-known representative, the yellow-crested cockatoo, is white and the feather bonnet yellow. The hood of the beautiful Inca Cockatoo is strikingly red and yellow, while the body is predominantly pink.

In some species there are differences in the color of the hood or the eyes between males and females. However, as with many parrot species, it is difficult to tell the difference between the two sexes in the cockatoo.

Owners and breeders know that determining the sex of parrots is not easy. You can find out how it works anyway in our bird magazine.