Red-vented or Philippine Cockatoos

Red-vented Cockatoo

Cockatoo Information

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 (refer to photo to the right)..

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 owners...

Other Useful Resources


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 I - Protected Species ... Distribution: Philippine Islands, incl. Palawan and Sulu Archipelago

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

Please Note: The articles or images on this page are the sole property of the authors or photographers. Please contact them directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. Thank you.