Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is one of Australia's best known parrot. Its white plumage is highlighted by  distinctive yellow crest and the underside of its wings are tinged yellow.
This naturally curious birds is found in a variety of timbered habitats throughout northern, eastern and southwestern part of the continent. They are tend to avoid arid inland areas with few trees.    
The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo's diet consist of berries, seeds, nuts and roots. Feeding normally takes place in small to large groups, with one or more member of the group watching for danger from a nearby perch. Each day the flock returns to the same area until the food supply is exhausted.  When not feeding, the birds will bite off smaller branches and leaves from trees. However, these items are not eaten, but rather an activity to help keep the bill trimmed and from growing too large. 
Near urban areas the species is often considered a pest  because they can be destructive to timber structures and many people find their distinctive raucous call annoying. 


  1. Hi Maya, how interesting to learn about this well known cockatoo and how they roam about freely in Australia. It's a pretty bird but too bad it has some annoying habits for some.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Hi Kathy, when I first got here I used to love seeing such an exotic looking bird in the wild. I've become accustomed to them and don't stop to take pictures of them anymore, but I do like to watch them. I love hearing their morning call when camping, but can see why some people would be bothered by being woken up so early.