Although regarded as fairly common throughout most of its range, the blue eyed cockatoo is under threat from the rapid clearing of lowland forest due to logging and clearance for agriculture, particularly for coconut and oil palm plantations (5) (6) (7) (11). Although often occurring in logged forest, and sometimes even benefiting from increased food availability in altered habitats, the loss of suitable nesting trees is likely to be reducing the species’ reproductive output. As the blue-eyed cockatoo is long-lived, this problem may be masked by its apparently still large numbers (3) (6) (8) (9).
Unlike many cockatoos, the blue-eyed cockatoo is relatively rare in captivity and has not suffered as much as some other species from trapping for the pet trade (5) (6) (8) (10). However, it is commonly kept on plantations around the city of Rabaul in New Britain (3) (10) and has been seen for sale in local markets, and there is evidence that the species is being traded in increasing numbers (8). Even limited trapping may pose a threat to the blue-eyed cockatoo (6), particularly in combination with habitat loss (8).