Length: 14-20 inches
Weight: 350-500 grams
Life span: 40-60 years
Age at Weaning: 12-16 weeks
Age at Maturity: ~3 years
Country of Origin: Aru islands off Indonesia
Temperament: Hand-raised cockatoos make exceptionally loving pets. They are both friendly and intelligent, and are very social, affectionate creatures. Natural chewers, cockatoos must be provided with branches or strips of wood. Some birds can be quite noisy, especially during the early morning and evening hours. Sulphur Crested cockatoos may be less prone to developing behavior such as feather plucking and screaming than other popular cockatoo species. However, these birds have a lot more energy than species such as the Umbrella Cockatoos.
Talking Ability: Poor to Moderate
Noise Level: High
Cage Requirements: 24" x 36" for Lesser's and Citrons, 30"x 40" for Greater's and Tritons.
Interesting Facts: There are five major types of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo: The Lesser, Citron Crested, Eleonora (or Medium Sulphur Crested,) Greater Sulphur Crested, and Triton Cockatoos. They all have very similar personalities, though the smaller 3 are known for being a bit more high-strung. What separates them from the other cockatoo species are their tall, narrow crests which are yellow in all but the Citron Crested, which is orange.