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 Cockatoo’s are found throughout the northern and eastern mainland, and Tasmania. A small population has become established around Perth, Western Australia.
The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo are very long-lived, and 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. The birds stay in the same area all year round.
Breeding season in the south is August to January and May to 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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