Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Amazing Cockatoo

Just had to share this! Listen and hear for yourself. There is a reason this beautiful bird is called a Cockatoo. The Cockatoo actually belongs to the parrot family. It has a lifespan of around 70 years, but has been known to live much longer. They range in size from 12-26 inches, and also in color. Their native habitat is in the southeastern part of the world in countries like Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Philippines and Indonesia. Its name, Cockatoo, is Indonesian in origin.

 In Malaysia, the Cockatoo is called Kakatua, and there is a popular Malay folk song that children in Malaysia grow up singing. It is a song I use in my book when my characters Callie and Lucas travel to Malaysia to find their mother's family. Listen and you can hear the Malay version.


  1. This little bird sounds so sweet, it makes me want one, and the song that Callie and Lucas heard their mother sing to them as tots will carry a new meaning for them as they meet their Malay family. Cool!

  2. Thanks, Cathy. I want one, too, but alas, their lifespan would be a problem.


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