great black cockatoo


Definition of great black cockatoo

: a very large black cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) of New Guinea and northern Australia that has a tall erectile crest, patches of bright red naked skin on the cheeks, and an extremely large powerful bill with which it cracks the palm nuts on which it chiefly feeds

called also palm cockatoo

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“Great black cockatoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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