Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Grooming itself on the woodland floor
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Scientific Name: Cacatua galerita

Size: 45 to 50 cm

What does it look like?

The white plumage, black bill and distinctive sulphur-yellow crest of the common and familiar Sulphur-crested Cockatoo distinguish it from all other cockatoos found in Australia. It is a noisy and conspicuous cockatoo, both at rest and in flight, there have also been instances where people have heard a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo say a human word or phrase. The most common call is a distinctive loud screech, ending with a slight upward inflection.

Where is it found?

It is found in a variety of timbered habitats throughout northern and eastern Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

Although the normal diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has become a pest around urban areas, where it uses its powerful bill to destroy timber decking and panelling on houses.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book¬†Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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