One of the birds that I often see when I go on a bush walk is the beautiful sulphur-crested cockatoo.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful parrots grow up to 55 cm long. They use their bright yellow crests to show when they are alarmed or angry.
- They use their powerful beaks to eat berries, seeds, nuts and roots. They also chew sticks and branches to stop their beaks from growing too long. They are often considered a pest as they will eat farmer’s crops and damage houses by biting roofs and wood panels.
- Sulphur-crested cockatoos are often found in large, very noisy groups. When they are feeding on the ground, they are more vulnerable to predators, so some of the group sit high in trees as look-outs and call out if there is danger.
- At breeding time, they lay 2-3 eggs in a tree cavity. The mum and dad help to raise the chicks and the babies syay with their parents for the first year.
- Sulphur-crested cockatoos are very common and can be found in forests and open grassland throughout Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. They are a very popular cage bird around the world and can learn a lot of words and live for up to 80 years.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about sulphur-crested cockatoos?