The white cockatoo (Cacatua alba), also known as the umbrella cockatoo, is a medium-sized all-white cockatoo endemic to the tropical rainforest on islands of Indonesia. When surprised, it extends a large and striking head crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the alternative name). The undersides of the wings and tail have a pale yellow or lemon color which flashes when they fly.
The white cockatoo is considered Endangered by the IUCN. Its numbers in the wild have declined, owing to capture for the cage bird trade and habitat loss. It is listed in appendix II of the CITES list which gives it protection by restricting export and import of wild-caught birds.
Sugar was surrendered to For the Love of Birds Sanctuary in the fall of 2018 and is about 13 years old. Not much about her history is known. She was purchased by her previous owner at a local bird store and had her for almost 2 years before circumstances forced Sugar to be given up. She is one of the sweetest and lovable cockatoos you'll ever meet.