How to Draw a Palm Cockatoo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Palm Cockatoo in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Palm Cockatoo.

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How to Draw a Palm Cockatoo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The first step in drawing the Palm cockatoo is to draw the head. The cockatoo has lots of feathers on the top of its head.

Step 2: The next step is to draw the face. It has a round eye and a sharp beak but is also has a red spot between the eye and the beak.

Step 3: Next, draw the body of the bird. Leave a space for the tail

Step 4: Then draw the wing. The cockatoo is a larger bird so it has larger wingers and then draw the feather detail.

Step 5: Next, draw the tail. It may look like the tail is adding to the wing.

Step 6: The last step is to draw the feet. Try to draw the feet one in front and one behind.

Interesting Facts about the Palm Cockatoo

Also known as the goliath cockatoo, the Palm Cockatoo it is has one of the largest bills of any parrot. It is only found in New Guinea and northern Queensland, Australia. Its the only member of the subfamily Microglossinae and the only member of the genus, Probosciger which has been confirmed by molecular testing.

Did you know?

  • The majority of captive-bred Palm Cockatoos are owned by David Roberts, Thomas Woodward, Natalie Copp, Mike Tyson, and Ina Zuncke.
  • Palm Cockatoo’s bright red cheeks that change color when its excited or upset.
  • Male Palm Cockatoo’s put on a unique display by banging a branch against a tree or dead bough.
  • Capitve Palm Cockatoo’s can live up to 90 years and up to 60 years in the wild.
  • Palm Cockatoo’s have one of the lowest breeding success rates of any parrot species.

Lesson plan note: Palm Cockatoo’s unique call made by hitting branches against a tree can be heard for 100m. Take students outside and split them into two groups. Have one group hit branches against a tree and the other group 100m away to see how well the Palm Cockatoo’s call actually travels.