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Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Scientific name :
Cacatua galerita
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The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a large white parrot with a magnificent yellow crest on its head. The cockatoo keeps its crest folded back over the tip of its head when it is calm, and raises it when it is excited.


Geographic distribution of the sulphur-crested cockatoo

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are found in Australia.


Habits of the sulphur-crested cockatoo

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are primarily vegetarian and can cause significant damage to crops. They dig in soil where seeds have recently been sown, ingest ripening crops and also occasionally cause damage to harvested crops wrapped in bales of hay, from which they tear off the plastic. They feed on a wide variety of seeds, fruits and buds, which they find on the ground and in the trees.

Did you know?

In farming-intensive regions like Perth in Western Australia, the sulphur-crested cockatoo is not protected when it enters land that has been cultivated and can be killed if it damages crops. In New Guinea, it is sometimes hunted for its feathers.
Forest edges or clearings, mainly in Australia and Tasmania.
Size: 45 to 50 cm. Tail: 20 cm
Wingspan: 60 cm
Weight: 815 to 975 g
Seeds, fruit and buds
Longevity: 70 to 80 years.
Lays: 2 near white eggs
Brooding: 30 days
Sexual maturity: 3 years

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered

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