Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoos at Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent

Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Natural History

Also known as the Yellow Crested Cockatoo.

Size
The average length of this bird is 13 inches.

Habitat and Distribution
This bird is found in Sulawesi as well as the Sunda Islands of Indonesia, where they live in open woodland and forests bordering grassland and wheat fields.

Age
The average life span of these birds is 50 to 60 years.

Diet
The majority of their diet is made up of seeds, fruits, nuts and berries, however some other vegetable matter such as flowers, buds and leaves may be consumed as well.

Groups and Breeding
Both birds will take turns in incubating the 2 eggs laid by the female, which can take around 28 days to hatch.  Most of the time these birds will live in pairs or sometimes in small groups, however these groups may be larger during periods of feeding or roosting, to give them safety in numbers.

Threats
This species is now classed as critically endangered and protected accordingly, however its numbers are still declining due to habitat destruction and the ongoing occurrence of illegal trapping for the pet trade.

Interesting Facts
As adults the males iris will remain a dark brown to black colour whilst the females iris will take on a reddish colour.

The Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo During Your Day Out in Kent

Wingham Wildlife Park’s lesser sulphur crested cockatoos live in a communal long flight enclosure which they share with other parrot species such as umbrella cockatoos, citron crested cockatoos, moluccan cockatoos, and galah cockatoos This enclosure can be found opposite the education building and visitors can head from here to the entrance to the tropical house in which many other bird species call home.