Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Parrot Training

Sulpher Crested Cockatoo in flight

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Parrot Training

The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo has the scientific name of Cocatua Galerita and are found in the wild from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, to northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia and have also been introduced to south-western Australia and New Zealand.

The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo has white feathers overall with a curving yellow crest and there is also some yellow on the underside of the wing and tail feathers. The feet and beak of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo are grey/black in colour. The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is a fairly large bird and can be up to 45 cm (18 inch) in length.

Cockatoos are sometimes placed in their own family Cacatuidae , with the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo further assigned to the sub family Cacatuinae.

In the wild the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo feeds mainly on the ground foraging for seeds and insects but also eat nuts, fruits and flowers. When keeping a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in captivity or any other parrot species for that matter it always pays to study how they exist in the wild and try to replicate that as best as possible in captivity, to ensure a happy, healthy bird.

You will often hear of people complaining about their Sulphur Crested Cockatoo screaming at sunrise and sunset but this is a very natural occurrence. If you live in an apartment or have close neighbours then a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is probably not the best choice of bird for you.

Being highly gregarious the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is not a wise choice for a “beginner” parrot owner, they can become a handful if they are not properly trained and because of their size, they can inflict a nasty bite. It is for this reason that there are far too many a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo found in parrot rescues.

The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo became very popular as a companion parrot after featuring in the TV show Beretta in the late 1970’s. I myself was drawn to them for this very reason and have one as a companion myself. It was watching Baretta’s Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Fred performing Tricks that initially sparked my fascination with Parrot Training as I was amazed at just how smart these birds were.

I have spent many years studying parrot behaviour and Parrot Training and as a result have a great relationship with my Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

I find my Sulphur Crested Cockatoo to be very affectionate and an eager and willing learner. I strongly suggest that anyone wanting to take on a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo as a companion should spend some time studying Parrot Training beforehand and there is no place better to learn how to build a great relationship with a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo than Parrot Training School!

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