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Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo


Scientific Name: Cacatua galerita


Origin: Northern and Eastern Australia, Western Papua and Aru Islands, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Introduced into Southwestern Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, among other places.


Habitat: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos live in wooded lands and many urban areas.

They flock together in pairs or small groups.


Physical Description: The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is larger than the Yellow-Crested Cockatoo, standing up to 50cm (19.68 inches) tall.

It has a black bill and primarily white plumage with a yellow crest and yellow-tinged tail and underwing. The eye ring is whitish in both males and females, while male eyes are almost black and female eyes are more brown or red.


Behavior: The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is curious and intelligent.

an intelligent bird able to learn tricks quickly. This bird is known for its sudden movements, which are not meant to be aggressive.

The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is very demanding and seeks attention, becoming self-abusive and destructive when attention is not given.


Vocalization: The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo has a distinctive call that is very harsh and raucous.


Breeding: The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo nests among wood chips inside tree hollows. Two to three eggs are laid, and both the male and female share the incubation, which lasts between 25 and 27 days. The chicks fledge around 9 to 12 weeks after hatching, but they remain with their parents for a few months after that.


Food Habits: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos eat seeds, grains, insects, pellets, fruits, and vegetables.