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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Cacauta
Genus species:Cacatua galerita

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:50 cm
Weight:700-950 g
Identification:The sulfur-crested cockatoo is mostly white with a bright yellow crest on its head.
Habitat:Forests, savannas, farmland
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, nuts, fruit, flowers, leaves, insects, larvae
Reproduction:Nests are built in tree holes. Both parents incubate their 2-3 eggs for 30 days. The chicks remain in the nest for 6-9 weeks.
Pairs and/or family groups form during the breeding season. During other parts of the year, larger flocks (up to 100 birds) are quite common.
Behavior:The sulfur-crested cockatoo is nomadic and inhabits a wide range of temperate and tropical areas. Its flight pattern is distinctive because of the uneven wing beat (flap, flap, glide).
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Sulfur-crested cockatoos are often hunted because they damage farmers' grain crops.

Other Information

Geographic:New Guinea
Northern Australia
Eastern Australia
Tasmania
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Sulfur-crested cockatoo
parrot-like bird
Cacatua
Cockatoos
Parrots
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata