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Sulphur-crested cockatoo Bird

The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia, and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests. 
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Family: Cacatuidae
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Phylum: Chordata
Lifespan: 20 – 40 years (In the wild)
Kingdom: Animalia
Did you know: The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a seasonal breeder in Australia; little is known about its breeding behaviour in New Guinea.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Colors and Markings

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are primarily white with black beaks. They sport a beautiful crest of yellow feathers on top of their heads—the feature that gives them their names.

Caring for the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are large birds that need very spacious enclosures. At a minimum, the cage should have a footprint about 40 inches by 40 inches and at least 60 inches in height. A bigger cage is better, and best of all is an aviary environment.

Cockatoos are known to be affectionate species among the various types of parrots, and the sulphur-crested is typical in this regard. Cockatoos are also quite demanding of time and attention, and here, too, the sulphur-crested is typical and even extreme. This is a bird that has a need for near-constant attention from its owner. Potential owners should recognize that unless these birds receive adequate exercise and mental stimulation, they may be driven to behaviors such as feather plucking and destructive chewing. To avoid these behaviors, owners must be diligent about providing their pets with plenty of toys and attention. Sulphur-crested cockatoos are regularly abandoned by owners who are not up to the challenge.

But these birds can be fine pets for bird lovers willing to devote the time and energy to devote to forming a strong bond with a bird. A sulphur-crested cockatoo loves to be handled but also needs enough alone time to learn self-sufficiency. This is no small feat, but for those that can provide for its needs, the sulphur-crested cockatoo makes an excellent pet that is capable of learning speech, tricks, and a variety of behaviors.

Sulphur-crested cockatoos must be purchased from a breeder. Do your homework, and if possible spend time with a sulphur-crested in a home environment to develop a sense of what it takes to be an adequate owner. This is a loud, large, active bird that will expect a lot from its owner. Young birds will be easiest to train and socialize.

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Feeding the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

In the wild, sulphur-crested cockatoos feast on seeds, grain, and insects that they harvest from trees. In captivity, they need a varied diet that includes high-quality pellets and seed, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Experienced owners of sulphur-crested cockatoos take great care in preparing their birds' diets, as cockatoos can quickly suffer from the effects of poor nutrition.