Lesser Sulpher-Crested Cockatoo

Lesser Sulpher-Crested Cockatoo

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: lesser sulpher-crested cockatoo
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Cacatuidae
GENUS SPECIES: Cacatua (referring to the bird's call) sulphurea (yellow)

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: This cockatoo is a large white parrot with a yellow crest and ear spot, yellow under the wings and tail, and a hooked beak.
SIZE: Approximately 30-32.5 cm (12-13 in.)
WEIGHT: Approximately 300-350 g (10.5-12.3 oz.)
DIET: Includes seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and some insects
INCUBATION: Approximately 30 days
CLUTCH SIZE 2-6 eggs
SEXUAL MATURITY: 2-3 years
LIFE SPAN: 65 or more years
RANGE: Australia and south-east Asia
HABITAT: Found in forests, scrubs and grasslands
POPULATION: GLOBAL 2,500-10,000
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Appendix II
USFWS Critically Endangered

FUN FACTS

1. Lesser sulphur-crested cockatoos are the smallest of the sulphur-crested parrots.
2. Both parents take part in incubating the eggs.
3. Cockatoos can mimic the sounds of other animals, including people.
4. Cockatoos can hold their food in one foot and break pieces off of it with the other foot.
5. Cockatoos live in small, loose flocks.
6. They are very gregarious and quickly learn to mimic. These birds also have a very shrill cry.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

Cockatoos are a food source for many animals larger than themselves.

Their feeding habits are very destructive, which annoys most gardeners. These birds are often regarded as pests because of their diets (sometimes feeding on crops); licensed culling is permitted in certain states.

They aid in seed dispersal through their eating of fruit.

This species is very popular in the pet trade and is considered to be an exceptionally easy bird to tame. They are generally very affectionate toward humans and have lively personalities. This species is often used for show and appears quite comfortable in exhibition halls among hundreds of other birds and large crowds. One word of caution: since these birds live a long time, owners often have to will them to someone else in case they are unable to care for them any longer.

The U.S. Wild Bird Act forbids the commercial import of any bird listed by CITES which includes most parrots - endangered or threatened.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Austin, G. Birds of the World. New York. Golden Press, Inc., 1961.

Decoten, A.E. Handbook of Cockatoos. Neptune City, NJ. T.F.H. Pub., 1981.

Diefenbach, K. The World of Cockatoos. Neptune City. NJ. T.F.H. Publications, 1985.

Forshaw, J.M. Parrots of the World. Neptune City, NJ. T.F.H. Publications, 1977.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. UK. Blandford Books Ltd., 1981.

Simpson, D.P. Cassell's Latin Dictionary. New York. Macmillan Publishing Company. 1959.

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