Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)


Blue-eyed Cockatoo (Cacatua ophthalmica)


French: Cacatoès aux yeux bleus German: Brillenkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa oftálmica

Cacatua ophthalmica

P. L. Sclater

, 1864,

Solomon Islands = New Britain


Closely related to C. galerita and C. sulphurea. Monotypic.


New Britain; prehistorically probably also in New Ireland and on Mussau (St Matthias Group)#R.

Descriptive notes

44–50 cm; 500–570 g. White cockatoo with bases of head feathers and undersurfaces of wings and tail suffused yellow; large backward-curving yellow crest feathers... read more


Series of screaming notes, ending with a downward inflection, given while perched, and gull-like... read more


Inhabits lowland tropical rainforest, partially cleared areas and small-scale mixed agroforests up... read more

Food and feeding

No information available, but probably feeds on arboreal fruits (particularly figs Ficus), nuts and seeds. Recent surveys recorded... read more


Until recently, very few data from the wild, other than that nests are in tree hollows. Thirteen nests found during surveys in late 1990s... read more


Usually seen flying above the canopy in pairs; may congregate in flocks of 10–20 birds, more... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Very little known of this species in the wild; population estimated at c.10,000 mature individuals within an overall range of 19,700 km2. In late 1990s... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Blue-eyed Cockatoo (Cacatua ophthalmica). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 February 2019).