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Palm cockatoo

Probosciger aterrimus

Palm cockatoos are the largest of all cockatoos and one of the most beautiful. This bird can make itself look even bigger by raising its crest feathers on top of its head.

Palm cockatoos are one of the few bird species known to use tools. In fact, to make its territory, this cockatoo holds a stick in its food and drums against a hollow tree.

Animal class


Conservation status

The IUCN does not consider the palm cockatoo to be currently endangered. They are listed under Appendix I of CITES.




Populations of the palm cockatoo are declining, however, no exact figures are known.


Herbivore. Palm cockatoos eat seeds, fruits, nuts, berries and buds.