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sulphur-crested cockatoo for sale

1Bird Species:     sulphur-crested cockatoo for sale

Sounds: Vocal,  Mimics, Natural calls
Interaction: Social, Fun, Clown,
​Age : 0 to 10    Months old
​Sex : Male and Female
​Vaccinated : Yes
​Tamed : Yes
Sex : Male / Female available

 

Description

The Expressive Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Known for its bright yellow crest and boisterous personality, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is one of the most popular cockatoo species kept as pets. While demanding, these affectionate parrots can make wonderful companions when properly cared for.

History of the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Native across much of Australia, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos inhabit open forests and woodlands. Their loud screeches echo across the bush. Aboriginal groups traditionally used the feathers in ceremonies.

First described by European scientists in the late 18th century, they were prized as pets and museum specimens. Today they remain widespread in the wild and are commonly kept in captivity.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Temperament

Gregarious and outgoing, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos thrive on attention. They form strong bonds with owners and may dislike strangers or visitors. This clinginess can lead to behavioral problems like screaming or self-mutilation if neglected.

Speech and Vocalizations

While not the most adept talkers, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos can mimic speech and learn short phrases. Their scratchy, excitable vocalizations are a more notable feature.

Colors and Markings

Most distinctive is the forward-curling yellow crest, which fans out dramatically when the bird is excited, alert, or trying to impress. Males often have a larger, brighter crest than females.

Their plumage is primarily white, though may show pale yellowish tinging around the wings and tail. Dark grey eyes stand out vividly against the white feathers. They have a slender curved grey beak suited for cracking open seeds and nuts.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Care

  • A large sturdy cage to accommodate their size and allow wing flapping.
  • Heavy-duty metal toys that can withstand chewing and shredding.
  • A nutritious diet with pellets, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and limited nuts/seeds.
  • At least a few hours every day of supervised time out of the cage.
  • Positive reinforcement training to curb screaming and encourage good behavior.
  • Regular nail, beak, and feather trimming.
  • Annual vet exams to maintain their long 40-60 year lifespan.

Common Health Problems

  • Respiratory infections caused by dust exposure or temperature fluctuations.
  • Feather damaging behavior resulting from improper environment, stress, or boredom.
  • Obesity and fatty liver disease if fed an all-seed diet and lacking exercise.
  • Egg binding in breeding females without proper calcium levels and nesting conditions.

Diet and Nutrition

  • A high quality pelleted diet should make up 50-70% of food intake.
  • Plentiful vegetables and fruits like sweet potato, peas, corn, pomegranate, and leafy greens.
  • Limited healthy whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans as treat foods.
  • Fresh, filtered water continuously available.
  • Calcium supplements for breeding females to prevent egg binding complications.

Exercise and Enrichment

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are extremely active and require:

  • A large cage that allows flying from perch to perch.
  • At least 2-3 hours supervised time out of the cage daily.
  • Many toys to shred, chew, and manipulate. Rotate frequently to prevent boredom.
  • Trick training and other human interactive activities to occupy their curious minds.
  • Play gyms, hanging toys, and swinging perches to climb on.

Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for these intelligent parrots.

Where to Adopt or Buy a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

  • Check parrot rescue and adoption organizations first for birds needing new homes.
  • Reputable breeders can be located through referrals from avian vets or bird clubs. Always visit facilities in-person.
  • Avoid supporting pet stores that source birds from irresponsible breeders.

FAQs about Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos

How smart are Sulphur-crested Cockatoos?

Extremely intelligent, among the smartest cockatoo species. They excel at trick training and manipulating toys and locks. Require constant mental stimulation.

What’s their temperament like?

Gregarious and affectionate birds who bond strongly with owners. May dislike strangers. Intelligent but also goofy and entertaining. Need lots of attention and activities.

Are Sulphur-crested Cockatoos loud?

Yes, very loud! Their signature screech can be heard from far away. They vocalize frequently out of excitement and to seek attention.

Do Sulphur-crested Cockatoos bite?

They can bite out of aggression or simply over-excitement. Biting tendencies can be curbed through training and behavioral modification. Their beaks are powerful.

What is the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo lifespan?

40-60 years or more in captivity. Some reaching 80-100 years with excellent care. A long commitment!

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