Eng. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow Crested Cockatoo
Lat. Cacatua Galerita
|On the photo up you can see sulphur crested cockatoo with yellow crest on the head.
ORIGIN: All birds of the Cockatoo family are found in Australia, on the
islands and New Zealand. This species can be found in eastern and
south-eastern Australia, Tasmania, and the Islands including New
APPEARENCE: In nature, cockatoos can be seen only in white,
black and pink apart from the Cockatiel described later. These are
the only parrots that have a crest. Their sex is not distinguishable.
The eye color in the male is something of a darker shade than in
They live 50 to 80 years if provided with hospitable conditions.
In nature, their life span is much shorter.
Apart from this species of cockatoo, there are a few other species
that differ not only in physical appearance but also by size : Lesser
Suphur-crested Cockatoo (33 cm;13 in), Blue-eyed Cockatoo (50 cm;
20 in), Salmon-crested Cockatoo (52 cm; 20.5 in), White Cockatoo
(45 cm; 18 in), Goffin's Cockatoo (32 cm; 12.5 in), Galah (35 cm;
13.5 in), Bare-eyed Corella (40 cm; 15 in). The conditions required
for keeping and feeding of all these species are the same as that
for the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
KEEPING AND CARE: As pets they are kept exclusively separate so as to allow
them to socialize more easily and to adapt to humans. As the exportation
of these birds has been forbidden because of the interest of natural
heritage protection, one can only buy the parrots that have been
bred in captivity. The birds that are bred in captivity are more
calm and more easily socialized. Some breeders feed these birds
by hand and separating them from the parents about 20 days after
hatching. Even though it seems to be a cruel way of raising, such
birds are very capable of adapting and imitating human speech.
These parrots should be kept in spacious cages or in the case of
the more socialized birds, allowed to be free on a stand.
It is always recommanded to get a cage or a stand before buying
the bird, so one can choose the most comfortable place before acquiring
the bird so as not to upset the bird. The cage with a bird has to
be placed out of draught winds and direct sunlight because these
are the most common reasons for premature death. This also applies
to other pets.
DIET: Cockatoos are fed with a mixture of larger seeds consisting of striped
sunflower, peanuts, shelled oats, maize seeds, walnut, various fresh
and dried fruit, and vegetables. The important mineral and vitamin
components should be included in their nutrition.
BREEDING COCKATOO PARROT: One has to take care of various factors in order for
the breeding to be successful. Birds should be settled in appropriate
aviaries with a lot of green plants and natural light. It is recommended
that the aviaries consist of two parts, an inner part and outer
uncovered part which has to be more spacious so the bird can fly,
with a few rungs for sunbathing or bathing if it rains. This is
important so as to imitate the natural living conditions.Minimal length of the outer part should
be 3.0 m (118 in) width 0.80 m (32 in) and height 2.0 m (78 in).
The inner part should not be so spacious so that the birds can spend
most of the time in the outer part. Breeding in closed areas is
possible to acheive with the adequate temperature which can even
reach 35C (95F) with minimal air humidity, just as it is found in
Male and female cockatoo pair in aviary ready for breeding.
After the adequate conditions are provided, an important
factor to be considered is nutrition. Apart from the standard mixtures,
nutrition is enriched by food supplied with vitamin E that stimulates
breeding and food based on eggs. They settle in tree holes, so they
should be provided with a nest made of an old stump or wooden box,
60 cm (24 in) in height, 40 cm (16 in) in width and length, filled
with slightly larger wood chips. Females usually clutch two, rarely
three eggs, about 4 cm (1.5 in) in size and a shiny white color.
This is a baby of umbrella baby cockatoo. It is feeded by hand - that way we get best tamed birds.
Incubation lasts from 25 to 30 days. The younglings are fed by both
parents and stay in the nest about 8-10 weeks. The eye color of
the younger birds is darker, but after six months gradually changes
from lighter to white color. The young birds separate from their
parents after they start to feed themselves. If the adult birds
are not good parents it is still possible to feed the bird by hand.
As a supplement to the average nutrition, food based on eggs enriched
with proteins can be added.
FACTS: The cockatoo family is characterized by the crests
on their head. The crest is a very good indicator of a bird's mood.
When a bird feels upset and frightened the crest is erected, accompanied
by a loud calling. White crests are seen only in one type of species
(White Cockatoo), but they can be in yellow, pink, red or black
They differ according to size depending on the species.
They have a great ability to imitate human speech.
Their life span in a cage can reach up to 80 years.
They can hold great grudges if they are badly treated.
They like learning to perform various reckless acts.
Of the big parrot species, these parrots are the most common pets.
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