Citron-crested Cockatoo

Citron-crested Cockatoo


Indonesia, Celebes, Buton and Sunda Islands and islands in the Flores and Java Seas.


Various forests, scrubs and grasslands.


The Citron-crested cockatoo has a striking orange-yellow crest. When excited the crest stands erect atop its head several inches in height. When relaxed the crest lies facing back on his head. Aside from the brilliant crest, the rest of the Citron-crested cockatoo’s plumage is white. In addition, they have yellow cheek patches and yellow can be seen on the underside of the tail and wings. They are smaller than some of the other cockatoo species measuring thirteen inches (33 cm) tall. They have large black bills. Males and females look identical except the female typically has a smaller bill and a lighter colored iris, which is brown or reddish in color.

Citron-crested Cockatoo

These birds live in small groups or pairs, but gather together each day in huge flocks to search for food. They are active principally in the morning, and in the wild the air is filled with their raucous cries as they fly around calling to one another. They are often seen in coconut palms where they will attack coconuts, even peeling mature nuts.


Nest is a tree hollow. 1-3 eggs are laid, and incubation is shared for 30 days. The young stay in the nest for up to 90 days.

Citron-crested Cockatoo
Class: birds
Genus: Cacatua
Species: sulphurea citrinocristata
Height: 13 inches
Average Lifespan: 50 years
Wild Diet: Plant matter, fruits, buds, shoots, seeds, worms, and some invertebrates.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? South Gate Pathway

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