Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is one of the largest parrots in Australia. The male can be recognised by his white colour with a yellow tint on the underside of his wings and tail. He has a yellow crest on his head and dark brown eyes. The female is similar, but her eyes are more of a reddish-brown. The juveniles only reach adulthood at around 6 years of age. Outside the breeding season, they gather in groups to feed. If anyone or anything comes a little too close to the feeding grounds, one or two sentries warn the others by giving a loud cry.
CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Psittaciformes
FAMILY : Cacatuidae
WEIGHT : 815-975g
CLUTCH SIZE : 2-3 eggs
INCUBATION : 25-27 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 80 years
DIET : berries, seeds, hazelnuts, nuts and roots.
NATURAL HABITAT : it live in trees alongside rivers and streams, mainly in the driest areas. It is found in a wide variety of forests and wooded areas, in crops and plantations. It prefers forest margins and glades.
RANGE : Australia
Conservation status info
LC : Least Concern
The population is in decline, probably due to the destruction of its habitat. It is also a victim of persecution as it is considered to be a pest.