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Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

The Australian Icon with a Unique Personality


  1. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are native to Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.

  2. They are known for their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech.

  3. They have a very loud call that can be heard from over a mile away.

  4. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are social birds that live in flocks of up to several hundred birds.

  5. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos only have one mate for their whole life.


The sulphur-crested cockatoo is native to Australia, New Guinea and some nearby islands in Indonesia. It lives in a variety of wooded habitats, such as forests, woodlands, savannas, farmlands and urban areas.

It's a very adaptable bird and sometimes becomes a pest by damaging crops, gardens and buildings. It is also an introduced species in Singapore, Palau, New Zealand and Hawaii. 

The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a highly intelligent and social bird that can live up to 80 years in captivity.

It can mimic human speech and other sounds, and can learn to perform tricks. It forms strong bonds with its mate and other members of its flock, which can number up to hundreds of birds. It communicates with loud screeches, whistles and calls that can be heard from far away.

It feeds mainly on seeds, nuts, fruits, flowers and insects. 

The sulphur-crested cockatoo is not considered to be threatened in its natural range, but it faces some threats from habitat loss, illegal trapping for the pet trade, poisoning and shooting by farmers and hunters. In some areas where it is introduced, it may compete with native birds for food and nesting sites, or cause damage to native plants and animals. It is protected by law in most countries where it occurs.