Profile - Lesser Sulfur Crested Cockatoo
The lesser sulfur crested cockatoo is generally white in color with, as
the name suggests, a crest of yellow feathers on the head that curves
forwards. The undersides of the wings and tail are also yellow, the bill
is black, and the feet are grey. The sexes differ in eye color; in females
they are reddish-brown but males have black eyes. In both sexes the skin
around the eye is bluish. Juveniles are similar in appearance to adults
but have a grey iris, and chicks have patchy yellow down.
Length: 12" - 13"
30 - 60 years
The yellow-crested cockatoo is found in the central archipelagos of
Indonesia and on East Timor. This species was widespread and common in the
19th Century but by the 1980s had undergone a rapid decline and was
vanishing from most areas of its former range.
Inhabits woodland and cultivated areas.
Diet in the wild:
This species has a broad diet including seeds, berries, fruit, nuts and
Hand-raised cockatoos make exceptionally loving pets. They are both
friendly and intelligent, and are very social, affectionate creatures.
Natural chewers, cockatoos must be provided with branches or strips of
wood. Some birds can be quite noisy, especially during the early morning
and evening hours. Sulphur Crested cockatoos may be less prone to
developing behavior such as feather plucking and screaming than other
popular cockatoo species. However, these birds have a lot more energy than
species such as the Umbrella Cockatoos.
Poor to Moderate
24" x 36"
Breeding of the Lesser Sulfur Cockatoo is achieved quite often. The female
will lay two to three eggs and they will incubate for approximately 24
days. The hatchlings will fledge in eight to ten weeks. It needs to be
noted that males can be very aggressive during breeding. Babies should be
removed at the proper time as the males may attack them. Males have often
been known to kill females if they are kept in a smaller aviary. To
prevent this problem you must use a very large aviary. Up to two clutches
a year are possible.
There are five major types of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo: The Lesser, Citron
Crested, Eleonora (or Medium Sulphur Crested,) Greater Sulphur Crested,
and Triton Cockatoos. They all have very similar personalities, though the
smaller 3 are known for being a bit more high-strung. What separates them
from the other cockatoo species are their tall, narrow crests which are
yellow in all but the Citron Crested, which is orange.
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