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Sulphur- crested Cockatoo


Sulphur- crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is one of the best known parrots, it is a large parrot, measuring about 45cm (18 inches). It has a dark grey-black bill

Cockatoos have white feathered body and an impressive yellow crest. The most striking feature of this magnificent bird is its scratchy, squawky call. Its ear-piercing screech, often heard at sunrise or in the early evening announces the cockatoo's arrival or departure from its roosting tree.



Sulphur-crested cockatoos are common and familiar in Australia, you will find Sulphur-crested cockatoos in the timbered forests of northern and eastern Australia and into Tasmania as well as around Perth. They can be found in a variety of timbered environments building nests in tree hollows.

They are also common around in human settlements and they are also popular pets although it is sad that they are kept in cages. They can live for more than 65 years, so if you have a cockatoo you have a life-long pet. They are known to have mimicry abilities and can learn to speak.

Sulphur-crested cockatoos's diet consist of berries, seeds, nuts and roots. Sad to say that some people considered the cockatoos pest in some areas because it uses its powerful bill to destroy timber decking and panelling on houses.

These like to eat the pine cones, biting off the small branches and leaves
probably to keep their beaks in good shapes and help the trees flourish.



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