The sulphur-crested cockatoo is one of the largest of several species of beautiful white cockatoos. It is a different species than the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo. Although spectacular in appearance, this huge, active parrot is brilliant, long-lived, and noisy; and it is very challenging to keep as a pet. This bird expects a lot from its owner, and it is recommended only for experienced owners who are up to the task. For a motivated owner, the sulphur-crested is a once-in-a-lifetime pet.
Origin and History
Sulphur-crested cockatoos are native to eastern Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and New Zealand.
Personality & Behavior
The sulphur-crested is typical in this regard. You must be willing to devote the time and energy to form a strong bond with a bird. A sulphur-crested cockatoo loves to be handled and needs enough alone time to learn self-sufficiency, which is no small feat.
This bird is a more emotionally complicated pet species than other cockatoos and is prone to sudden, unpredictable movements that can be startling, although the intent is rarely aggressive. This demanding bird can become self-abusive and destructive if it does not get the attention it needs.
They are considered one of the most intelligent parrots. They have the learning capacity of a 1- to a 2-year-old human child and can learn to talk and do tricks. Young birds will be the easiest to train and socialize.
Care and Feeding
In the wild, these parrots thrive on a variety of seeds, fruits, insects, and crops. This is a carefully selected natural diet that offers all the necessary nutrients for these large birds. For your Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, you should begin with a commercial seed mix, usually designed for cockatoos. It contains all the important seeds such as millet, safflower, canary, and oats. Supplement this with a lot of fresh green vegetables and fruit, and you will have a balanced and nutritious diet. It is a very important part of the overall care for your pet.