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211714-36.jpg The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a quite big parrot and has a beautiful white color that has the most gorgeous yellow crest that stands up on the top of their head, it has a black or dark gray beak; there is really no difference between the male and the female except for the fact that the female has a lighter colored eye then the male. When it comes to making noise, they are both winners! The call that they love the most is a very loud screech. The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is not to be confused with the Corella that can be found in Australia, although there are some similarities: the Corella is smaller and it does not have the crest on the top of his head like the Cockatoo.
This is a bird that is popular all around the world, they can easily learn tricks and are highly intelligent; they have a very good mimicking ability, some owners have reported that they can talk but this is no guarantee that your bird will do any talking, in general they are noisy birds that like to make noise and screech…please consider this if you are living in an apartment. Do not bother trying to train your parrot to be quiet because this is highly impossible with all parrots in general, parrots are loud and if you don’t like loud, then get something else.

Like all true parrots, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has a love for chewing, make sure that he always has a lot of toys that can keep him busy…one good idea is to get a big stock of toys and then rotate them every couple of weeks so that the bird always has something new and exciting in his cage to keep him busy and happy; by the way, if this bird gets too bored he will start to pull his feathers out, so beware!

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is the bird that has the biggest and most beautiful crest out of the entire birdie world…when this bird is excited, the crest rises up to reveal bright yellow feathers that are accented by pearl white ones, it is really a sight to see!

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a bird that can be found throughout Tasmania, and northern and eastern Australia, in recent years this parrot has been introduced to New Zealand and Indonesia; these are birds that stay in the same place all year around and usually they can be found in wooded area that are close to human settlements.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has become established around populated areas and made a pest of itself, it can destroy wood paneling and other stuff on houses and basically be a real nuisance. The diet of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is made up of barriers seeds nuts and roots in the wild, they like to eat in groups, they will bight off branches and twigs when not eating to play with and keep their bills trimmed down when in the wild.

When breeding, the bird will find a nice tree hollow and lay up to three eggs in a nest that has been made by both birds, both of the parents will take turn sitting on the eggs to keep them at the right temperature and the chicks usually hatch after 30 days, they then live in the nest for about 60 days and then start to fly and take care of themselves; but always under the parents supervision for the next year.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is considered easy to breed in captivity …the only thing to remember is to move the male to a different cage because he can turn mean. It is also recommended that a large aviary is used to help prevent any accidents…the cost of one of these birds can be up to $2000.

It is really amazing the types of birds that human have found and taken in to become friends and companions, here is a bird that is considered to be quite a pest when it is out in the wild, but then there are people that bring that pests in to their homes and turn him into a lifelong friend! Aren't humans strange sometimes?


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