Red-vented or Philippine Cockatoo

The Red-vented Cockatoo, Cacatua haematuropygia, sometimes called the Philippine Cockatoo, is a cockatoo roughly the size and shape of the Goffin’s Cockatoo.

It is easily distinguished by the red feathers around the vent.

This cockatoo is native to the Philippines where small populations exist on the islands of Palawan, Tawitawi, Mindanao and Masbate.

The Red-vented Cockatoo makes a characteristic bleating call, as well as screeching or whistling noises that are common to most cockatoos.


This bird is critically endangered. Populations have decreased dramatically due to illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade.

The high price fetched per bird (c.US$160 in Manila in 1997) means that chicks are taken from virtually every accessible nest.

Loss of habitat may also have contributed to its decline. The current population is estimated at less than 4,000 birds. ) It is one of the fifty rarest birds of the world. (Ref.

Training and Behavioral Guidance:

Due to its critically-endangered species, all red-vented cockatoos that are capable of breeding should be placed into a breeding situation with experienced aviculturists to ensure that this magnificent parrot can be enjoyed by future generations.

Any special-needs birds that can’t be bred could make good pets for the right bird owner.

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Genus: Scientific: Cacatua haematuropygia aka Psittacus haematuropygius … English: White Black-billed Cockatoos … Dutch: Wit and Zwartsnavelkakatoes … German: Eigentliche Kakadus … French: Cacatoès

Species: Scientific: Cacatua haematuropygia … English: Red-vented Cockatoos … Dutch: Filippijnse Kakatoe, Roodstuit Kakatoe … German: Rotsteißkakadu … French: Cacatoès de Philippines

CITES IProtected Species

Distribution: Philippine Islands, incl. Palawan and Sulu Archipelago

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