Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita.

Male and female Sulphur crested Cockatoos look the same, they are white with a bright yellow crest on their head and pale yellow on their underwings. The beak is black, large and strong. They are very intelligent, extremely loud and vocalise almost continuously when awake. They can live upwards of 70 years.

They are found throughout the Australian northern and eastern mainland and Tasmania in a variety of timbered habitats and are common around human settlements. A small population has become established around Perth, Western Australia.

The Sulphur crested Cockatoos diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots. One bird will watch for danger whilst the group feeds. To keep their beaks trimmed these birds will bite off smaller branches and leaves from trees, but these are not eaten.

Both male and female prepare the nest which is in a tree hollow. Both will also incubate the 2-3 eggs that hatch after 25–27 days. The nestling period is between 9 to 12 weeks and the young birds stay with their parents indefinitely forming family groups.

Unfortunately this species has become a pest around urban areas, where it uses its powerful bill to destroy timber decking and panelling on houses. Many caged birds has escaped or been released where they were not previously found and subsequently established populations such as the population now established in Perth.







©Wildlife Mountain 2000 - 2017


We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.

All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.