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The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea. It has a total length of 44–55 cm (17–22 in), with the Australian subspecies larger than subspecies from New Guinea and nearby islands. The plumage is overall white, while the underwing and tail are tinged yellow. The expressive crest is yellow. The bill is black, the legs are grey, and the eye-ring is whitish. These birds are very long-lived, and can live upwards of 70 years in captivity, although they only live to about 20–40 years in the wild. They have been known to engage in geophagy, the process of eating clay to detoxify their food. These birds produce a very fine powder to waterproof themselves instead of oil as many other creatures do.

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pumpkinhead

Great photo and background information, Chookies! Thanks!

Graciela

Amazing set chookies. I knew Cockatoos live for a long time but 70 years? wow!

warbler

Great photo and info Chookie! Nicely done!

Spricey

Really good info Chookies. I learn so much here from talented people like yourself. Loved everyone of your posts today. Really gorgeous photos.
P.S. My girlfriend had one of these who just roamed the house at will for several hours a day. Nothing could jump start your heart as good as when Roscoe would sneak up behind you and squawk...such a loud screech.☺♥

alliebono

beautiful photo chookies - thanks for info too!

chookies

I learned something by posting this little fellow too - thanks for dropping by fodus, Ank, Shirley and rob. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

robryan

...and I never knew they produced powder to waterproof themselves!!! Thanks for the info chookie :))) Terrific photo too:)))

Shian2

Never to old to learn, I never knew they ate clay to detoxify their food, Thanks chookies.

puzzeljac

Good morning Chookies, time to change places. I'm so sorry I have so little time to play around, but I did not forget you. I love this photo. Hugs♥

fodus

Interesting info.

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