Panasonic FZ 100 hand held, photographed through my window in early morning light
at Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia, cropped to square for effect.
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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo : Cacatua galerita is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. Sexes are similar, although the female can be separated at close range by its red-brown eye (darker brown in the male). This is a noisy and conspicuous cockatoo, both at rest and in flight. Young Sulphur-crested Cockatoos resemble the adults.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo’s range extends throughout the northern and eastern mainland, and Tasmania. A small population has become established around Perth, Western Australia. The species also occurs in New Guinea and the Aru Islands, and has been introduced into New Zealand and Indonesia. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are found in a variety of timbered habitats and are common around human settlements. The birds stay in the same area all year round.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo’s normal diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots. It also takes handouts from humans, but watch out for your fingers! Feeding normally takes place in small to large groups, with one or more members of the group watching for danger from a nearby perch. When not feeding, birds will bite off smaller branches and leaves from trees. These items are not eaten, however. The activity may help to keep the bill trimmed and from growing too large.

The eggs are laid in a suitable tree hollow, which is prepared by both sexes. Both birds also incubate and care for the chicks. The chicks remain with the parents all year round and family groups will stay together indefinitely.

The popularity of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo as a cage bird has increased its range, as these birds either escape or are released deliberately in areas where they do not already occur. The species has become a pest around urban areas, where it uses its powerful bill to destroy timber decking and panelling on houses.

Edited from Australian Museum’s “Birds in Backyards” website.


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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

  • Patrick Monnier
    Patrick Monnierover 2 years ago

    Wow! I love this capture. A cutie !! Well done my friend !!

  • Patrick, you are very quick off the mark today … I appreciate your most enthusiastic comments and favourite of this frequent visitor of mine … thank you !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thank you Cindy for your lovely comment and favourite !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...over 2 years ago

    Great shot, Trish. It seems to be checking you out.

  • Andrew, I think you are right ! It’s mate was taking it’s time drinking and while this one waited, it went through a series of repetitive ups and downs of the crest !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Trish, the light is wonderful.

  • Thanks so much Gabrielle for your wonderful comments and favourite ! The early morning light was in just the right spot :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 2 years ago

    wonderful shot Trish, super detail

  • Robert, thank you very much for your super comments and favourite !

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  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    Awww so pretty Trish, fabulous capture!

  • Thanks so much for your fabulous comments !

    – Trish Meyer

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 2 years ago

  • Gene, thank you very much for choosing to feature this “feel good” image among a wonderful selection in the “Feelin’ Good Group” !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. What a beauty.

  • Thanks so much for viewing and for your gorgeous comments !

    – Trish Meyer

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Fabulous portrait

  • Mik, thank you very much for your fabulous comments !

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