Of all the Sulphur-crested the Lesser is the sweetest. The females, as with most of the Cockatoo species, are easier to live with. And, there are always exceptions. The Lesser has an annoying habit of making fast movements towards your face. It’s an abrupt lunge, that’s startling. Unless you know the bird, your reflex will likely kick in and you’ll jump, and you could drop the bird. I will still get caught off guard every now and then. When I am working in the colonies, birds will jump on my shoulder and I don’t always know who it is……. until I look. I wear safety glasses.
Besides the unnerving lunges and unpredictable nature of Sulphur-crested, Lesser are sweet birds. They are close in size to the Goffins Cockatoo but, not as busy or naughty. Well, none of the Cockatoos are as busy as the Goffin. The Lesser colony is attached end to end with the Citrons. The end is double wired so no one can bite toes. They are interacting through the wire and push wood chips from one enclosure to the next. There are also meet it or, beat it games with screaming, bell ringing and lots of wing flapping and dancing. The games are always lighthearted.
The back of the. Lesser colony are the woods. As the bushes grow into their colony, somebody is trimming the hedge to prevent it from growing inside the wire. I appreciate the help but, it remains a mystery as to who the gardener is.
Photo left and above left: Celebes Island, home to Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.
The Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary was established in 1992
Photos: The Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo sub-species come from Clebes, Flores, Sumbawa, Butung and other small islands in the area.
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