The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is one of fourteen Australian native cockatoo species. It is a large white parrot with a distinctive long yellow crest that is used for visual communication. Other similar white cockatoos that you may see in the Shire include Long-billed Corellas and Little Corellas, however these species do not have a large crest and their bills are pale rather than dark grey. They also a lot more shy and quiet than Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
Sulphur-crested cockies are a common Shire resident that can be seen - and heard! - feeding on the ground or in trees in pairs or flocks. They learn very quickly and will become quite tame if enticed with food. However, it is not advisable to feed them. Apart from not being good for their health, this species of cockatoo can be very noisy and destructive, so it is better for them and for you to enjoy their antics from a distance.
Sutherland Shire Council Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Fact Sheet
Contact WIRES if you find an injured native animal