Female Gang-gang Cockatoo

Caring for Cockatoos - Origin of the Cockatoo

Major Mitchell CockatooCockatoos originate from Australia and Asia (Australasia).

Many of the cockatoo species are classified as Vulnerable, Near Threatened, Endangered or Cricitally Endangered in the wild. As listed by the 2010 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International - the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN).

Depending on the species cockatoos are found in areas of tropical rainforests and eucalyptus woodlands right through to suburban areas of Australia, the Roseate cockatoo for instance is sparse only in desert areas of Australia and can be found in most other areas of the country.

The growth of some species and decline of others can only be put down to mankind. The decline attributed to deforestation of the natural habitat to be replaced by agriculture which in turn promotes the growth of some species which can more easily adapt to a changing habitat in an urban environment as there is an increase in food supplies (from the agriculture).

Some species of cockatoos in Australia are classed as pests and is some areas there are culling policies.