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Citron-crested cockatoo

Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata

Citron-crested cockatoo

This large, white parrot has a yellow crest and the feathers under the wing and tail are yellow.

Citron-crested cockatoos are one of the rarest species of cockatoos in the world. They can only be found on the island of Sumba, in Indonesia.

Animal class

Forest and grasslands

Diet - Herbivore
Citron-crested cockatoos eat seeds, nuts, berries and fruits.

The average citron-crested cockatoo can be up to 50cm long and can weigh up to 450 grams.

Citron-crested cockatoos are only found on the island of Sumba in Indonesia, in a variety of different habitats.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes that the citron-crested cockatoo faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild. They are listed in Appendix I of CITES.

The main threats is the destruction of this cockatoo’s habitat and the pet trade.

Current population
The population of the citron-crested cockatoo has declined rapidly over the past three decades by a staggering 80%.

Zoo population
There is an EEP for this species of cockatoo. There are around 100 citron-crested cockatoos living in zoos around the world.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

EEP - European Endangered Species Programme

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