Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita triton

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

Cockatoos-(Cacatuidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CACGAL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 3



Incubation Days:

25 - 27



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is laid in a fairly large tree cavity.



Nest Material:

Woodchips



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo: Large white parrot with white-yellow feathers in long crest, white-yellow at base of flight feathers in the wings, and yellow-white at the base of the feathers in the tail. Black-brown eye. Strongly-downcurved black bill. Fairly long, broad wings. Medium-length, rectangular tail. Medium-length black legs and feet. Feeds on seeds, nuts, and fruits. Forages by slowly climbing through the foliage of tall trees and picking food items off of twigs with its bill.

Breeding and Nesting

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo: Two to three white eggs are laid on a bed of wood chips in a fairly large tree cavity. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 25 to 27 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo: Feeds on seeds, nuts, and fruits. Forages by quietly and carefully moving through the branches of a tall tree and picking food items off of twigs with its bill. Usually forages in flocks where one or more birds act as look-outs that give the alarm if a predator appears.

Vocalization

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo: Call is a harsh, low-pitched "scraw-leek".

Similar Species

Unlikely to be confused with any other species in this range.

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CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X