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Amazing Cockatoo Facts

Informative article about sulphur-crested cockatoo, one of the most common bird in Australia.


Did you know
  • Cockatoos have zygodactyl feet - two toes forward and two toes pointing backward . These feet are perfectly adapted for climbing and holding and for gripping branches to eat seeds while hanging upside down in trees. Sometimes you will see cockatoos spinning around on branches simply to have fun, they are nature's acrobats.

  • When a flock of cockatoos are feeding on the ground, often they have one or two others on lookout in a tree surveying the area. This is a great warning system - the cockatoos screech loudly if there is an intruder and everyone disappeared.


Amazing Cockatoo Facts
  • The oldest authenticated Sulphur-crested Cockatoo died in London Zoo in 1982. It was over 80 years old.
  • Sulphur-crested cockatoos originally congregated west of the Great Dividing Range but have now moved eastwards where there is more water. And pet cockatoos that have been released or escaped are now resident in the cities.

  • Large old trees with hollowed trunks make perfect nests for some cockatoos. If those trees are removed, the birds are likely to disappear.
  • Sulphur-crested cockatoos lay up to three eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 30 days before hatching.

  • Cockatoos are large parrots with crests. All species are found only in Australasia.
  • Each flock of cockatoos has its own roosting site. They fly long distances in search of food.

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