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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Description:

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 in the male). This is a noisy and conspicuous cockatoo, both at rest and in flight. Young Sulphur-crested Cockatoos resemble the adults.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

Feeding: The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo's normal diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots. It also takes handouts from humans. Feeding normally takes place in small to large groups, with one or more members of the group watching for danger from a nearby perch. When not feeding, birds will bite off smaller branches and leaves from trees. These items are not eaten, however. The activity may help to keep the bill trimmed and from growing too large. Breeding: The eggs are laid in a suitable tree hollow, which is prepared by both sexes. Both birds also incubate and care for the chicks. The chicks remain with the parents all year round and family groups will stay together indefinitely

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7 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wonderful capture!

Ryan21
Ryan21 9 years ago

wow
great shot and spotting

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Fantástico !!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely photo!

shrikalk
shrikalk 9 years ago

WOW.....

Jeannette
Jeannette 9 years ago

Lovely picture :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That's a magnificent crest MacC. They must grow them bigger in that part of Aus. Ours are half that size. Great shot too.

MacChristiansen
Spotted by
MacChristiansen

QLD, Australia

Spotted on May 30, 2012
Submitted on May 30, 2012

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