Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

The Timor Cockatoo (Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo) is one of the most popular parrots among bird owners due too their personalities and subtle beauty.   Found in the Indonesian Islands, these birds are noisy, woodland dwellers commonly found in pairs or small groups in the wild.  Although its illegal to import new parrots into the United States, thanks to breeders, these parrots are available for adoption and purchase for the enjoyment of parrot-lovers everywhere.

Visually, the Timor Cockatoo is a white bird with a yellow crest, pale yellow ear coverts, and yellow undersided tail and wings.   They’re a medium sized bird at 13 inches in length and weigh around three quarters of a pound.   Their life span is 50 to 60 years.

The Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo makes a great pet for a number of reasons.  Like most other parrots, Cockatoos are extremely intelligent and can engage in complex activities, tricks, and games.  They learn to mimic human speech quite well and some can learn the context of the words they say!   Of course, their mimicry isn’t limited to speech either, like other parrots, they can mimic many sounds around them with some degree of accuracy.  Most people don’t buy Cockatoos for their mimic abilities however, for what their species is really known for is their willingness to snuggle and cuddle with their human companions.    Nothing seems to excite a Cockatoo more than to be around the family and join in whatever is currently happening (and hopefully become the center of the spotlight in the process).  They can be emotional birds that can feel a wide range of emotions, from over-excitement to jealousy.  If you’re looking for a two year old to spend time with you for decades to come, the Cockatoo is right up your alley!

There are a few reasons why someone might not want to get one of these Cockatoos either, however.  Many of the traits that makes this bird a great pet (for the right person) can be the wrong traits for another person.  First off, cockatoos can get loud!   Next, like other Cockatoos, without suitable attention each and every day, Cockatoos can develop behavioral problems.   To help avoid some of these issues give them lots of mental stimulation and lots of family attention.   They should be sharing meals with you and your family, watching television with you, and even taking showers with you.  Without this attention they might start biting, screaming, or even plucking.  Finally, Timor Cockatoos, like all other Cockatoos, are dusty parrots.  People sensitive to dust may not be able to take care of these types of parrots.  To help limit problems caused by dust, give the Cockatoo a regular shower spray.

The Timor Cockatoo is a great pet for the parrot lover who knows what they’re getting into.  While they are very fun and cuddly, these birds need to be paired with a person who has the time and personality to handle the complexities of the parrot.  With the right person, however,  the Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo easily becomes the most popular member of the family.  Their good qualities by far outweigh their bad and they will easily become the life of your household.

If you feel this parrot is right for you, feel free to contact us and see if we have any babies available for adoption!  If you don’t feel this parrot is  right for you, but are interested in other parrots (there is a parrot available for every type of personality and living situation) contact us and we can help you find a parrot that best suits you and your family.