Medium Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Natural History
Also known as the Eleonor Cockatoo.
This bird reaches lengths of around 17 inches and can weigh between 550 g and 600 g.
Habitat and Distribution
Their main distribution is the Island of Aru off Indonesia where they can be found in a variety of habitats from forests and open woodland to arid cleared land and open grassland.
The average lifespan of these birds is 50 to 60 years.
The majority of their diet is made up of fruits, berries, nuts and seeds while they also take other vegetable matter such as flowers, buds and leaves. They have been known to occasionally also eat some insects and their larvae
Groups and Breeding
These birds live in pairs or very small groups, however in times of plentiful fruit they can congregate in large groups on the best fruit trees, and occasionally when numerous birds find the same good roosting areas, which are always in the tallest of trees in the area. The female will lay 2 eggs, occasionally up to 3 which take around 28 days to incubate.
Even though their numbers are still declining due to habitat destruction and collection for the pet trade they are classed as threatened if nothing is done to curb this trend, but not yet endangered.
The only visible difference between the sexes is the colour of the iris, with males having a dark brown to black iris, and males having a reddish brown iris.
The Medium Sulphur Crested Cockatoo During Your Day Out in Kent
Our medium sulphur crested cockatoos can be visited in the communal long flight enclosure which they share with a number of other parrot species such as moluccan cockatoos, citron crested cockatoos and yellow headed amazons. This enclosure can be found opposite the education building and visitors can head from here to the entrance of the tropical house to see many other bird species.