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2011 04 17 (224ce) Sulpher Crested Cockatoo @ Auckland Zoo-A55v-09 | by Terry Hollis
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2011 04 17 (224ce) Sulpher Crested Cockatoo @ Auckland Zoo-A55v-09

2011 The "Captain" a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) has been a resident of Auckland Zoo since January 1991 he has his own space but is free to roam wherever he likes ..


The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests. They are well known in aviculture, although they can be demanding pets.


Sulphur–crested cockatoos arrived in New Zealand as caged birds from Australia. Since about 1920 some have escaped and others have been released.


Possibly this feral population is occasionally boosted with wind–blown stragglers from Australia. Such a bird may have arrived in May 1959 when after three days of strong westerlies a sulphur–crested cockatoo was seen at the southern head of Kaipara Harbour, so tired it would fly only downwind. In New Zealand the species’ largest colonies are in the watersheds of the Turakina and Rangitikei Rivers near Wanganui, where a population of about 400 birds was estimated in 1962, and also between the lower Waikato and Raglan Rivers where a flock of about 200 birds was seen in 1964.

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Taken on April 17, 2011