Cacatua citrinocristata

Written by on April 13, 2012 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

  Cacatua citrinocristata, Yellow-crested cockatoo, Kakatua cempaka

This bird is native to Sumba, and Indonesian island. They inhabit open woCacatua-sulphurea-citrinocristata-01-400odlands, the edges of forests, and cultivated wheat fields.

The Citron-crested Cockatoo has white plummage with an orange crest on the top of the head and on the cheeks, rather than yellow like the other Lesser Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. The rest of their coloring is the same as the others with yellows on the undersides of their wings and tail, but they are a bit larger. They can learn to talk, as can most cockatoos and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks. Mature birds are about 35 cm (14 inches) in length.
A younger bird will be similar to the adults but have pale gray eyes. The beak will also be lighter for a short period of time, until about 7 months.

Care and feeding:
A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. These birds are good fliers and avid chewers. It is good to provide them with lots of natural branches, chunks of untreated wood, or even whole coconuts to keep them busy and content.
In the wild they eat seeds, berries, nuts, fruits and probably vegetable matter. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.
See About Cockatoos: Housing and About Cockatoos: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:
In the wild Cockatoos are friendly and peaceful. They live in pairs or small flocks though sometimes they will gather in very large flocks to feed.
They enjoy and require a lot of affection and attention. It is often recommended that they be kept in pairs so they will keep each other company. This can help to reduce the amount of time you will have to devote to an individual bird.

Breeding/Reproduction:
See About Cockatoos: Breeding for Cockatoo breeding information.

Sexual differences:
Hard to tell the sex of young birds. As they get older the iris of the females’ eyes will develop a reddish color, the males’ eyes will be dark brown to black.

Potential Problems:
Cockatoos can be quite loud screechers. This behavior can be reduced by giving attention and proper surroundings. Also, since they are prone to chewing, if they are not given enough attention they will chew their own feathers.
See About Cockatoos: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability: These birds, though not as common as the Lesser Sulpher-crested Cockatoo, are occasionally available.

Activities: Loves to climb and play and chew. Provide lots of toys.

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