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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Class: Aves       
Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 100 years         
Weight: Up to 833g      
Height: Up to 50cm      
Reproduction: Egg-laying         
Status: Least concern   

Cockatoos, along with some parrots, have the most evolved brains in all birds. They became easily habituated among people, and can imitate all sorts of noises, including human words. Listen carefully to see if you can recognise Lone Pine’s cockatoo conversations.

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are highly social and monogamous breeders, with pair bonds lasting many years, sometimes for life.

Recognisable by their curved beaks and showy crests, cockatoos communicate using vocalisations and body language, often raising their crests in greeting, excitement or alarm.