Ducorps Cockatoo

Cacatua ducorpsii

» Also knows as Ducorp's Corellas and Soloman's Cockatoo
» Endemic to the Soloman Islands
» One of the smaller cockatoos at 12"
» At this time the population is considered to be stable

By the mid 1990s, I had only met one or two wild-caught Ducorp's cockatoos but didn’t know any that were companions so I couldn't say much of anything about their potential as companions. Since then I have met quite a few of these personable little charmers and find them to be quite delightful. Like most Corellas, Ducorps like to be busy. If they are not showing off, then they like to have a wide variety of toys and activities. One of the most common statements that I hear about them is that they aren’t as needy as the rest of the cockatoos. Of course, this would depend on how they are raised. Perhaps this is partly to do with their basic personality but from my experience I think it is also because the ones I have met have been raised by people who believe in socialization.

My experience with these cockatoos is limited as they are still fairly rare as human companions. I did see my first Ducorp’s at a breeder’s home close to twenty years ago but they were pretty much nonexistent as companions then. I have talked with several people who live with these birds and they report that the birds are active, playful, and learn to talk fairly readily. One woman remarked to me that her Ducorp’s was the greatest discovery she had ever made. The Ducorps also enjoys a reputation for being calmer and quieter than the other smaller cockatoos. Calmer may not be the right word as the ones I have met seem to have boundless energy for play but they did not seem to get overexcited like some of the other cockatoos do. I have been told that Ducorp’s babies evidently cry or whine quite a bit when they are young even if they are being abundantly fed, but these vocalizations end as they mature. 

The few that I have met have been quite charming. One time when I was in Tucson, I enjoyed a picnic lunch with several TARA (Tucson Avian Rescue) volunteers, and one of the women had a re-homed Ducorp’s who was very curious about everyone at the table. She liked to turn her head upside down to give herself a special view of everything. I met an energetic little Ducorp’s at a bird show in Denver. I was told that she was over twenty years old but I would have bet that she was a youngster. I spent quite a bit of time playing with her and found her to be absolutely delightful.




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