Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Family: Cacatuidae (Cockatoos, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 45-52 cm
Distribution: Within 1000-2000 km of the coasts of QLD, NSW, some of NT and northern WA. All of VIC and TAS. The easternmost coasts of SA.
Status: Locally abundant to common
Habitat: Wide ranging in temperate to tropical areas
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a well known Australian bird with a loud, raucous call. They sometimes damage wooden parts of houses with their powerful beaks.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

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