sulphur-crested cockatoo

sulphur-crested cockatoo

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I adore the cockatoos as they have such personalities. They are in fact large parrots and can be just as noisy as they tend to hang together in large flocks and screech loudly at each other. This variety is around 50 cm, and is all white except for the long yellow crest, hence its name the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. I spied this male (identifiable by the black eye as females have a ruby-red eye) at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney where it was happily feeding on a prolific flowering banksia tree.

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Visited Sydney this week and stayed with family on the northern beaches. One day my eldest daughter took me for a long walk around Jamieson Park which sits around part of the shoreline of Narrabeen Lagoon  and we saw some lovely Sulphur-crested Cockatoos high up in the gum trees. Though supposedly common around the top end and the eastern states I don’t actually see that many around my home on the far north coast of New South Wales so I was delighted to see them here.

They are large white cockatoos with a long yellow crest, this one is a male (they have a black eye) and the females eye is ruby-red. They usually hang in large flocks but we only saw a couple however we collected a number of their feathers from the ground so I assume there must be a large flock in the vicinity. When they fly you can see the yellow under the wings and they make a very loud raucous screech!