Palm/Goliath Cockatoo

Probosciger aterrimus


Goliath Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo

The Palm Cockatoo, also known as Goliath Cockatoo (sometimes applied only to the Goliath subspecies) comes from northern Australia and New Guinea.

Despite the name Goliath, it is not the biggest species of cockatoo. However, it is large, mainly black and impressive, particularly with its crest raised. It has a distinctive bare, red face patch.

Palm Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo

It has the largest beak of any parrot except the Hyacinth Macaw. It is also one of the few birds, or indeed animals, to use tools -- it breaks off a large twig with its huge beak to use as a DRUMSTICK.

It then drums with the drumstick against a tree trunk or branch to attract a mate (Ringo would have been a great hit with hen Palm Cockatoos).

Goliath Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo

Its face becomes a darker red and its crest and cheek feathers rise as it becomes excited or agitated.

Palm Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo Palm Cockatoo

This Palm Cockatoo takes an interest in photography.

The nutcracker Parrot plays golf Palm Cockatoo juvenile beak

The Nutcracker

Demonstrating their use of tools, this one invents golf for birds

The pink and black tongue

Those immediately above look as if they have a repair on the beak; they are juveniles. The chicks have horn-coloured beaks which gradually become fully black by adulthood.

Palm Cockatoo whittling wood Palm Cockatoo creates bow and arrows

Wood whittling is a favourite pastime of Palm Cockatoos, not only to make drumsticks but to fashion other items including the bow and arrows (above centre)



Red-tailed Cockatoo  Yellow-tailed Cockatoo  Ducorps Cockatoo  Palm Cockatoo 
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo White Cockatoos Cockatoo/Parrot Index