Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are considered a medium to medium-large parrot, standing roughly 15 inches tall. They are entirely white from head to toe, with the exception of the bright yellow feathers of their crest and the underside of their wings and tail. This contrast of white and brilliant yellow makes the Sulphur Crested a very attractive parrot. The skin around their eyes is a soft, pale blue. Their legs, feet and beak are black.
Average Lifespan: 60+ years
Sexing: The sexes differ only in eye color, though all juvenile birds will appear to be female. After they have reached maturity (typically around 5 years of age) the females will retain a brown iris, while the iris of a male bird will turn almost black. The darker the iris, the more likely the parrot is male.
Origin: Indonesia, and some of Southeast Asia
Trainability: Domestic hand-fed babies are loveable and affectionate pets, however, they are also very needy. If you are unable to devote at least 4 hours of quality time with your parrot each day, then a cockatoo is not for you. They are extremely playful and acrobatic. Anything and everything is a toy to them – especially if you don’t want them to have it. For this reason, we recommend a large variety of toys and plenty of supervision during play time.
They can learn to speak, but are often difficult to understand. Sulfur-crested Cockatoos will typically develop a small vocabulary of 5 or 6 of their favorite words and phrases. Something to keep in mind when considering a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo as a pet is their ability to bite.
It has been said that these Cockatoos tend to act more like Macaws, and will continually attempt to dominate an inattentive owner. For this reason, we suggest these birds only if you have ample time to devote to them, and are not afraid of receiving an occasional nip from your bird.
Loudness: Cockatoos are among the loudest of all parrot species, so if you’re sensitive to noise we would suggest looking into other types of parrots. They are certainly not apartment pets by any stretch of the imagination.