Blue-eyed Cockatoo
Cacatua ophthalmica

The Birds of New Guinea
and the adjacent Papuan Islands
Vol.5 - Plate No. 45

Length: 50 cm

The Blue-eyed Cockatoo is a rare, large cockatoo found only in New Britain island. They have white plumage with light-yellow streaks under their crest and tail feathers. Their most intriguing feature are the blue naked areas around their eyes. They live in forests in lowlands and hills, and are rarely found beyond an altitude of 900 meters above sea-level. They are usually found single or in pairs, and sometimes in small flocks. There is limited information about the wild status of this species, but there is a record that a captive bird laid two eggs.