paganx: Cheeky Monkey - Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - Victoria, Australia
SULPHUR CRESTED COCKATOO
Location: Native to Australia and New Guinea, introduced and naturalized in New Zealand, Singapore, Palau
Status: Least Concern
General Cockatoo Facts:
King Tut, the Zoo’s official greeter for almost 40 years (from 1951 to 1989), was a salmon-crested, or Moluccan, cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis. A bronze statue of him was placed in his favorite perching spot near Flamingo Lagoon!
A triton cockatoo Cacatua galerita triton named Lalah played the role of Fred in the TV series Baretta in the 1970s. For the series, Lalah had a bird stunt double named Weird Harold used for flying sequences.
Palm cockatoos can crack Brazil nuts with their beak!
Most cockatoos eat nuts, seeds, and fruit, but short-billed black-cockatoos Calyptorhynchus latirostris and yellow-tailed black-cockatoos Calyptorhynchus funereus feed on wood-boring beetle larvae!
In some areas of Australia, local lore has it that the arrival of the red-tailed black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii means that rain is on the way, so the birds are a welcome sight.