For a year, the emu had won the bird of the year because of helping Australians win 2 whole wars. And for the past year, the magpie won because it supports the most cowardly team, the Magpies. This year, the bird prize must be going to the cockatoo! It is one of the native birds to Australia, and are very intelligent. When you see white birds with a feathered crest on-top of its head pulling out leftovers , well that's definitely a cockatoo. There are many different types of cockatoos, some are pink and some are black, but I'm talking about the one that's white, with a large, yellow crest. They have clawed, black talons and are one of the most common bird species in the world.