Citron-Crested Cockatoo

Citron Crested Cockatoo biting at Wingham Wildlife Park

Citron-Crested Cockatoo Natural History

The average length of these birds is around 13 inches to 15 inches reaching weights of 300g to 500g.

Habitat and Distribution
This bird can be found on Sumba and Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia.  Their main habitat is made up of open woodland and along the fringes of forests bordering grassland or wheat fields.

The average lifespan of this species is from 50 to 60 years.

The majority of this birds diet is made up of herbaceous plants, seeds, nuts, fruits and berries.

Groups and Breeding
These cockatoos often live in pairs but can be found in slightly larger groups.  When feeding however, these birds can make larger flocks to give more safety while they are preoccupied with eating.  Females will lay 2 to 3 eggs which hatch after around 24 to 26 days.

Due to habitat destruction and illegal trapping for the pet trade, this species is classified as critically endangered with a survey in 1993 of Sumba estimated their numbers as less than 2000.

Interesting Facts
This species can breed as young as 2 years.

Citron-Crested Cockatoo During Your Day Out in Kent

The citron-crested cockatoos at Wingham Wildlife Park live in a communal long flight enclosure which can be found opposite the education building, visitors can head from here to the entrance to the tropical house where many other bird species are housed.  They share this enclosure with other parrot species such as umbrella cockatoos, moluccan cockatoo and galah cockatoos.