CITRON-CRESTED COCKATOO

CITRON-CRESTED COCKATOO

CITRON-CRESTED COCKATOO

DIET: Herbivore

STATUS IN THE WILD: Critically Endangered

RANGE: Indonesia

PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS

These birds are white with yellow cheeks and yellow undertones on the undersides of their tails and wings. They get their name from the orange-yellow crest of feathers on their heads. They can move these feathers up and down, which they use to express emotions. While they are able to mimic human speech, they are not as accurate with it as other parrot species.

LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION

Like most cockatoos, they can live to be into their sixties. When nesting, both parents take turns incubating the eggs, which are typically laid between two to six at a time. While known as one of the quietest species of cockatoo, they are still cockatoos and are fond of boisterous communication.

RANGE

Citron-crested cockatoos are only found on the island of Sumba in Indonesia.

HABITAT

They prefer dense, closed canopy forests.

DIET

These cockatoos mostly eat fruits, nuts, and seeds. They will also eat tree bark and other vegetation and are often considered pests in their native land because they feed on crops.

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