The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. Sexes are similar, although the female can be separated at close range by its red-brown eye (darker brown-black in the male). This is a noisy and conspicuous cockatoo, both at rest and in flight. Young Sulphur-crested cockatoos resemble the adults.
Sulphur-Crested cockatoos are found throughout the northern and eastern mainland, and Tasmania. A small population has become established around Perth, Western Australia.
Can live upwards of 70 years in captivity, although they only live to about 20 - 40 years in the wild.
The size of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is 45 - 50 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 830 grams.
The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo’s diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and plant roots.
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos are found in a variety of timbered habitats and are common around human settlements. They stay in the same area all year round.
Breeding season in the south is August - January and May - September in the north.
The eggs are laid in a suitable tree hollow, which is prepared by both sexes. The female will lay 1 - 3 eggs and both sexes share the incubation process, which is approximately 30 days. The chicks remain with the parents all year round and family groups will stay together indefinitely.
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