Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Superorder Psittacimorphae
Order Psittaciformes
Family Information
Family Cacatuidae
Sub-family Calyptorhynchinae
Genus Information
Genus Cacatua
Subgenus Cacatua
Species Information
Species C. galerita
Subspecies C. galerita eleonora
C. galerita fitzroyi
C. galerita galerita
C. galerita triton
Population statistics

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a parrot that is found mainly in the northern and eastern areas of Australia, including Tasmania, and in New Guinea and the Aru Islands, and has been introduced to the Perth area of Western Australia as well as New Zealand and Indonesia.[1]

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in the wild in urban areas have become a nuisance, as they use their strong beak to destroy timber decking and panelling on houses. In rural areas, they are a pest for farmers of grain, fruit, and nut crops and in Western Australia are a declared pest.,[2] They also emit a loud screeching sound, which has been described as like someone being strangled.[3] They have been observed in flocks of up to 100 birds.[2]

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are popular pets, can live for 100 years in captivity,[2] and will often bond with one person.[3]



  1. Australian Museum, 2003
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dept. of Agriculture
  3. 3.0 3.1 David