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Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

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Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo

Scientific Name: The scientific name of the Sulphur-crested cockatoo is Cacatua galerita.

Physical Characteristics: Sulphur-crested cockatoos are primarily white with black beaks and a striking crest of yellow feathers on top of their heads. The underside of their wings and tail is a paler yellow. Females and males look similar, but the female can be distinguished by its reddish-brown eye, while the male's eyes are darker brown or black.

Habitat: Sulphur-crested cockatoos are found in large numbers in the east and north of Australia, most of New Guinea, and nearby smaller islands. They also inhabit areas such as Western Australia, Singapore, Palau, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand as an introduced species. They prefer tropical and subtropical rainforests and are commonly seen in urban areas.

Behavior: These cockatoos are diurnal and social birds that form flocks ranging from a dozen to several hundred individuals. They fly from roosting grounds to feeding grounds at sunrise and return to roost at dusk. Sulphur-crested cockatoos feed in groups, with one individual acting as a lookout for danger. They are known for their noisy screeching, which serves as their primary method of communication. They raise and spread their crest when threatened or during mating displays.

Lifespan: In captivity, with proper care, Sulphur-crested cockatoos can live up to 80 years. It's important to note that these intelligent birds can be demanding pets and are recommended for experienced owners who are up to the task. If you're motivated, a Sulphur-crested cockatoo can be a once-in-a-lifetime pet!