Aptly named for the conspicuous ring of bright blue skin around the eye, the blue-eyed cockatoo is a medium-sized cockatoo with mostly white plumage, and a large, backward-curving crest, which can be raised to reveal otherwise hidden yellow feathers. The feathers of the cheeks, throat, underwing and undertail are often suffused with yellow, and the beak and legs are dark greyish-black. The male and female blue-eyed cockatoo are similar in appearance, the female only distinguished by a reddish rather than dark brown iris, while juveniles resemble the adults, but have a grey eye (2) (3) (5) (6) (7). The flight of this species is fluttering, interspersed with glides, and the calls include a series of loud and rather nasal screams (2) (5). Although very similar to the sulphur-crested cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, and once considered the same species, the blue-eyed cockatoo can be distinguished by its different head shape, brighter blue eye ring, and less obvious yellow colour in the crest (2) (3) (6) (7).
- Length: 44 - 50 cm (2)
- 500 - 570 g (3)