Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Australia, New Guinea, Aru Islands

General description

Large, stocky white parrot with large hooked black beak and forward-curving yellow crest.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not release any sulphur-crested cockatoo from containment within the Auckland region.
  • From 1 September 2022, you will not be allowed to breed, distribute or sell any sulphur-crested cockatoo within the Auckland region.

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.

Find out more:

If you see a sulphur-crested cockatoo in the wild on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group, report it to Auckland Council at

Similar species

Cacatua roseicapilla

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RPMP status

Aotea (Exclusion)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Sulphur-crested cockatoo - Main species image