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|We have two wild cockatoos flying around on the island. The where bought from a pet store in Jakarta and then brought to the island where they where put in a cage until they could fly. They have been free flying for around two years now and are completely wild but they still sometimes comes back for some food.|
A cockatoo is any of the 21 bird species belonging to the family Cacatuidae. Along with the Psittacidae family (the true parrots), they make up the order Psittaciformes. The name cockatoo originated from the Malay name for the bird, kakaktua, which translates literally as older sister (from kakak, "sister," and tua, "old").
Cockatoos share many features with other parrots including the characteristic curved beak shape and a zygodactyl foot, with two forward toes and two backwards toes. They differ, however in a number of characteristics, including the often spectacular movable headcrest, and their lack of the Dyck texture feather composition, which gives feathers of many parrots their iridescence. Cockatoo species are also, on average, larger than the true parrots (however, the cockatiel is a small cockatoo and the very large parrots include the Hyacinth Macaw by length and the Kakapo by weight.)
Cockatoos have a much more restricted range than the true parrots, occurring naturally only in Australia and nearby islands. Eleven of the 21 species exist in the wild only in Australia, while seven species occur in Indonesia, New Guinea, and other south Pacific islands. Three species occur in both New Guinea and Australia.
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- [2006-09-18 12:45]
lovely picture and action shot, nice colors and composition as well as your PoV.