Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Growth Size

Fully grown Cockatoos have a body length of about 50cm and can weigh up to 1kg.


40 – 70 years.


Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos are highly intelligent birds. They are very affectionate, and individual birds can have very different personalities. They also love human companionship and can form strong bonds with their family.

Training Difficulty

These birds are very easy to train. Excellent mimics, they will pick up and repeat any sounds they are commonly exposed to. This can include spoken words and phrases, doorbells, whistling tunes, music, or even other household pets!

Recommended Owners

Recommended for families or singles who have enough time to give the Cockatoo the attention it requires. Without regular attention, they can become destructive.


Native to Australia, Cockatoos feature in many different Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. They were collected as pets as early as 1790, by Captain Cook, who brought one back to England.


Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos can be fed on commercial seed mixes (not containing sunflower seeds), vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, spinach, tomato, and fresh fruits. Avoid iceberg lettuce, cabbage, and avocado.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


You will need to provide your Cockatoo with the weekly opportunity to bathe. This ensures the feathers are kept clean, and the bird's skin remains free from dander.


In the wild, when a group of Cockatoos are on the ground feeding, there will be some birds who remain in the trees as lookouts. Once they spot danger they will sound a warning so the flock can escape.