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(Probosciger aterrimus) 

The black palm cockatoo, sometimes known as the goliath cockatoo, is the largest cockatoo and is stunningly attractive. This species doesn't have a strong bonding instinct. But, hand-fed black palm cockatoos can be trained extensively to become superb, tame pets. When socialized, this species thrives. It yearns for routine engagement with its owners, just like other cockatoos. This bird is best suited for experienced bird caretakers due to its big size, powerful beak, and unpredictable disposition. These daring owners are needed to match these brazen parrots.


The black palm cockatoo has a very deep, smoky gray hue that can vary in intensity depending on the individual bird. Their very long crest, feet, and legs are all the exact same color.

The cheeks of this bird, which is otherwise all one color, have brilliant red areas of exposed flesh that change color when the bird becomes agitated. Its glossy grayish-black beak is as striking as its cheeks, giving it a highly distinctive look up close.

The size of its beak gives it a menacing appearance. Their beak is slightly bigger than the hyacinth macaw's in the parrot family. It is ideal for breaking open nuts because of the size and form of the beak and the fact that the upper and lower mandibles don't contact.

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Character & Behavior

Although it can make a nice companion, the black palm cockatoo won't be as affectionate as many other parrots. The bird needs to be given a lot of care and continuous training in order to become domesticated. If you are diligent, you may train this intelligent and sociable bird to obey your directions. With patience and positive reward, you can teach this species a variety of straightforward tasks.

One of the extremely few bird species that will use tools is this one. Male birds will "drum" against a hollow tree with a big stick in their native habitat before deciding where to make a nest.

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