Large, stocky white parrot with large hooked black beak and forward-curving yellow crest.
To help protect our environment:
Forest, urban areas, pasture, crops, plantations.
Impacts native plant species through bark stripping, beak-inflicted damage and consumption of growing tips, seeds, flowers and fruit. May spread Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease to native parrots. Damages nut, fruit and cereal crops.
If you have pet cockatoos, make sure they’re securely contained to avoid accidental escapes. If you are no longer able to look after your pet sulphur-crested cockatoo, find someone who is prepared to give it a lifetime home, or contact a relevant pet shop or animal rescue organisation to get it rehomed. Never release a sulphur-crested cockatoo into the wild – your pet may be unable to find the food and shelter it needs, and it also puts our native species at risk.
If you see a sulphur-crested cockatoo in the wild on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group, report it to Auckland Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.