Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (species: Cacatua (Cacatua) galerita) in Mount Clunie NP (Gaia Guide)
Cacatua (Cacatua) galerita
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

©Leo: Sulphur-crested cockatoo

©Leo: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua (Cacatua) galerita)

©Leo: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua (Cacatua) galerita)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Cacatuidae
Genus Cacatua
Species Cacatua (Cacatua) galerita
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The plumage is overall white, while the underwing and tail are tinged yellow. The expressive crest is yellow. The bill is black, the legs are grey, and the eye-ring is whitish. Males typically have almost black eyes, whereas the females have a more red or brown eye, but this require optimum viewing conditions to be seen. (Wikipedia)


  • From 44 cm to 55 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Up to 106 cm and averaging 103 cm


Similar taxa

Interesting facts

  • They produce a very fine white powder instead of oil to waterproof themselves. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

In Australia, they can be found widely in the north and east, ranging as far south as Tasmania, but avoiding arid inland areas with few trees. They are numerous in suburban habitats in cities such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Except for highland areas, they occur throughout most of New Guinea and on nearby smaller islands such as Waigeo, Misool and Aru, and various islands in the Cenderawasih Bay and Milne Bay. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: uncommon

Audio recordings


Raucous screeching

© Eliot Miller

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