Australia & New Guinea
forest, woodland, mangroves, open country, agricultural land, and suburban areas
Wild: Seeds, herbs, sprouting wheat, roots, rhizomes, nuts, berries, flowers, corms, insect larvae
Incubation: About 30 days
This is a large, mainly white cockatoo with a striking erectile yellow crest, and a yellow suffusion on the underside of the wings and tail. The flight is erratic and appears slightly labored, with rapid, shallow wing-beats interspersed with glides on stiff wings.They are usually found in pairs or small family parties during the breeding season, and at other times in flocks, sometimes numbering hundreds of birds. They are wary and difficult to approach. When the flock is feeding on the ground a few individuals remain perched in the tops of surrounding trees. At the approach of danger these ‘sentinels’ rise into the air screeching loudly, and the entire flock flies off. Each flock and a roosting site, and this site is rarely deserted. The courtship display is simple and brief. The male struts along a branch toward the female. With his crest raised, he bobs his head up and down and moves it from side to side in a figure-eight movement, uttering soft, chattering notes. Mutual preening and touching of bills follow
Where in the Zoo?
I can be found in the following locations at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: