Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Click to hear the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo's screech

DescriptionScientific name: Cacatua Galerita- Type of parrot that is white with yellow feathers under the wings and tail.- Distinctive yellow crest. - 44-55 cm in length.- 700-950 grams in weight.- Dark grey hooked beak.- Males and females look similar but males have a black eye while females have a red-brown eye.- Young are similar to adults.- Flies with a flap, flap, glide movement.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Adaptations- Their distinctive screeching call is very loud and is adapted to be heard in forest environments.- When a flock is feeding on the ground they are vulnerable to predator attack and at least one cockatoo will be high in a tree looking for danger. If it spots danger it uses its screeching call to warn the rest of the flock.- Their beaks and tongues are adapted to their seedy diet to allow them to store seed in their beak and then use their flexible tongue to open and eat each individual seed.- They strip leaves, bark and small branches from trees to maintain their bills and stop them growing too large. In urban areas they rip timber decking and paneling off houses.

Breeding- Breed from August to January in the south and from May to September in the north.- Generally start breeding at 4-5 years of age.- Like to nest in hollow spaces of eucalyptus trees.- Lay 2-3 eggs and both parents incubate and raise the chicks.

Habitat and Distribution- Live in wooded habitats along the north and east coast of Australia, including Tasmania and in PNG.- Introduced to Perth, NZ, Indonesia and the Philippines.- Withstand a wide range of climatic conditions.- Can live in urban areas.

Above: A video of a sulphur-crested in its natural enviroment.Left: Snowball, the dancing cockatoo, dances to Bites the Dust by Queen.

Interesting Facts:1. Throws sticks at predators to scare them off.2. Lives for 20-40 years in the wild but can live for over 80 years in captivity.






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