White Pet Birds

The color white is an attractive one to many pet owners. Several reasons contribute to a bird’s white coloration, such as a lack of the pigment melanin or selective breeding. We have highlighted a few birds that can be kept as pets and are purely or predominantly white.

White Pet Birds

List of Birds with a Natural White Coloration

These birds have evolved over the years to have a white color. While some, like the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, have traces of other colors, most of their plumage is unmistakably white.



  • Blue-eyed Cockatoo
  • Citron Cockatoo
  • Ducorps’s Cockatoo
  • Goffin’s Cockatoo
  • Little Corella
  • Long-billed Corella
  • Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
  • Red-vented Cockatoo
  • Salmon-crested Cockatoo
  • Sulfur-crested Cockatoo
  • Umbrella Cockatoo
  • Western Corella
  • White-crested Cockatoo
  • Yellow-crested Cockatoo


  • Bali Myna

List of Birds that have a White Coloration due to Mutation

Usually, these birds are not white. But sometimes – due to a random genetic mutation or selectively breeding certain birds – certain bird species are available as white morphs. For instance, the White-faced Cockatiel is a color mutation of the Cockatiel where the orange patches on their cheeks do not exist.

These birds have “white morphs” which can be kept as pets. 


1. What is the difference between a bird with white plumage and an albino bird?

Albinism is a genetic condition leading to a lower rate of melanin production, which may cause sight-related issues. On the other hand, a bird with white plumage has a low amount of melanin but will not necessarily pass it on to its offspring.