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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.

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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