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Citron-crested Cockatoo

Family: Cacatuidae Citron Crested Cockatoo, Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristataCacatua sulphurea citrinocristataPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Looking for a citron or sulphur cockatoo to keep me company. I'm looking to buy in the summer so it's not urgent. I have experience with cockatoos and macaws and... (more)  Kaitlin

   The Citron-crested Cockatoo really stands out with the orange feathering in its crest and cheeks! It is the most striking of the six subspecies of the Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoos!

   Sometimes referred to as the "apartment-sized cockatoo", the Citron-crested Cockatoo is a smaller cockatoo (though it is a bit larger than other Lesser Sulpher-crested Cockatoos). It is a pretty bird with graceful movements and a delicate appearance.

   This is Initially a rather shy bird, but once it is used to being around people the Citron-crested Cockatoo will love attention and can be very affectionate. It can also be a very playful comedian! When it gets excited it will lift up its crest like an Indian headdress, bob up and down, and even dance.

   Though they are generally very docile, they can be a bit more animated than the other Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. They can learn to speak and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks. They are also one of the easiest cockatoos to breed.

   Like cockatoos in general, they are a very loving type of bird. Affection is readily accepted and returned in kind. They are a pet that not only appreciates interaction but requires it and needs a lot of attention from their owners. Buy a cockatoo only if you can spend a lot of time with it.

   To learn more about Cockatoos and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Cockatoo

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Cacatuidae
  • Genus: Cacatua
  • Species: sulphurea citrinocristata

Scientific Name:Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata

Distribution:    This bird is native to Sumba, and Indonesian island. They inhabit open woodlands, the edges of forests, and cultivated wheat fields.

Description:    The Citron-crested Cockatoo has white plummage with an orange crest on the top of the head and on the cheeks, rather than yellow like the other Lesser Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. The rest of their coloring is the same as the others with yellows on the undersides of their wings and tail, but they are a bit larger. They can learn to talk, as can most cockatoos and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks. Mature birds are about 35 cm (14 inches) in length.
  A younger bird will be similar to the adults but have pale gray eyes. The beak will also be lighter for a short period of time, until about 7 months.

Care and feeding:    A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. These birds are good fliers and avid chewers. It is good to provide them with lots of natural branches, chunks of untreated wood, or even whole coconuts to keep them busy and content.
   In the wild they eat seeds, berries, nuts, fruits and probably vegetable matter. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.
   See About Cockatoos: Housing and About Cockatoos: Care and Feeding for more information.

"Precious" a very friendly Citron Crested Cockatoo!"Precious" Citron-crested Cockatoo Photo Courtesy: Bruce "The Bird Guy" McGonigal

"Precious is very gentle, but likes to pull hairs out
of your head while taking a photo. She loves to be
around kids. She knows how to give shaka with her
claw and says "Hi". Shaka,- pronounced "shah-kahh",
means excellent or great in Hawaiian. Frequently it is
used as a handsignal throughout the islands. It can also
mean awesome, hang-loose or Aloha.
Precious was born in 2002"... Bruce McGonigal

Social Behaviors:    In the wild Cockatoos are friendly and peaceful. They live in pairs or small flocks though sometimes they will gather in very large flocks to feed.
   They enjoy and require a lot of affection and attention. It is often recommended that they be kept in pairs so they will keep each other company. This can help to reduce the amount of time you will have to devote to an individual bird.

Breeding/Reproduction:    See About Cockatoos: Breeding for Cockatoo breeding information.

Sexual differences:    Hard to tell the sex of young birds. As they get older the iris of the females' eyes will develop a reddish color, the males' eyes will be dark brown to black.

Potential Problems:    Cockatoos can be quite loud screechers. This behavior can be reduced by giving attention and proper surroundings. Also, since they are prone to chewing, if they are not given enough attention they will chew their own feathers.
   See About Cockatoos: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability: These birds, though not as common as the Lesser Sulpher-crested Cockatoo, are occasionally available.

Activities: Loves to climb and play and chew. Provide lots of toys.

Lastest Animal Stories on Citron-crested Cockatoo

Kaitlin - 2017-06-01
Looking for a citron or sulphur cockatoo to keep me company. I'm looking to buy in the summer so it's not urgent. I have experience with cockatoos and macaws and currently own a conure. i have loves cockatoos all my life and finally am able to buy and spend time with one. Looking for an Ontario based breeder. if you breed them please contact me.

Valerie Ann Wallingsford - 2014-06-16
I rescued a sulfur crest and a citron a few months ago. Their momma took her life and the 2 have been together for a while. They are around 10 years old from what I was told. I have 5 other birds from a blue and gold to a monk but this one poor citron is vicious. I have had biters and trained them out of it but Baby is a rough one. He has tore my arm up even when he bites he hangs on. I show him no emotion but he is relentless. He is the sweetest thing in his cage but when we let out with Coocoo he follows him around and you cannot get next to Coocoo. He will even fly at you to attack you. I am at my wits end. My heart breaks for him. He wants the attention but seems mad at the world. He is also missing a toe and plucks or was pulling his chest feathers but it does look like they are coming back since I have had him. I keep him in toys and he is plowing through toys my macaw doesn't mangle the way he does. I feel so sorry for him would appreciate any ideas tips and pointers. I've never seen a bird this bad before. Val

  • Anonymous - 2016-02-28
    Patience, patience, patience. Variety of yummy food and nuts. Lots of toys.. Mine loves to shred cardboard boxes(cheap or free!). Talk sweetly. Have them on a schedule. They thrive on routine!! You have other birds so you know what your doing😃keep feathers , beak and nails trimmed... They don't like change and it sounds like this birds been through a lot. Just take your time and I bet he will come around just lots of love and he knows you're there just give it time. 🎈😃
Christopher Thomas - 2015-08-22
I have a male Citron 'Too' that I am having a bit of trouble trying to train. He is over 26 years old and lived most of his life with two women, and never got proper training. After the owner passed away and no one wanted him i took him in. I already have a female African Gray Timneh that has been in my family for about 36 years. She is not hand tame. They have their own cages and get along fine for the most part. It's hard to tell what Buddy my 'Toos' interest in me is some of the time. He is afraid of perch step ups but seems willing to step on my arm, but I got a nasty bite offering my arm. All the signs seems Ok for pick up but while on my arm he chomped down. It's hard to get either of them off the cage on to my standing training perch set up. I've had him for about 3 years. Being disable it's hard to spend the proper time to train them both but I try in small steps. He screams or makes noises for me when I am out of the room and will let me scratch his head. He seems to prefer being women more then me. I know with practice and time he will start to like me for more then food and giving toys. I am sure he doesn't like his drop in rank going from the Alpha to being last in line after myself and Pedro the Gray. With my awesome double bird carrier I would love to take them or at least on of them out and around more. Small steps.

Dean La\'Venture - 2013-06-02
Hi i have a male 2 year old Triton cockatoo,and a female Citron-crested cockatoo she is 7 years old. My problem is she will not go no were near him what can i do. He wants to play with her but she dos'ent want to no him

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-03
    Well why not just keep them both in the same room, but not in the same cage. That way, they can have some companionship, but don't have to be best buddies. Over time, they will probably become much better friends, but let them take it at their own pace. That's what I would do:)
Kaitlin - 2017-06-01
Looking for a citron or sulphur cockatoo to keep me company. I'm looking to buy in the summer so it's not urgent. I have experience with cockatoos and macaws and currently own a conure. i have loves cockatoos all my life and finally am able to buy and spend time with one. Looking for an Ontario based breeder. if you breed them please contact me.