The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo could almost be classified as an Australian icon. Their raucous calls and humorous behaviour makes them a much loved bird. Some people don’t share that fondness though and regard them as being too noisy.
They are found in wooded habitats and regarded as very smart birds. Some people keep them as pets and many have no doubt been bred in captivity. They have a remarkable ability to imitate the human voice and learn to talk. They can often be a bit embarrassing outside pubs around Australia. Some owners have been known to teach them what might be regarded as “inappropriate language” around ladies and children.
Personally, I love them, despite them often waking me early on a camping expedition when based along a river.
In Australia, sulphur-crested cockatoos can be found widely in the north and east, ranging from the Kimberley to 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. There are four recognised subspecies