Sulphur-crested Cockatoo feeding on wattle seeds
Alternate name(s): "White Cockatoo"
Aboriginal name(s): "gehr" [western bundjalung]; "gayambula" [ngadjon]; "kaneky", "mooyi", "kogga-longo", "arunta", "korina", "kudrungoo", "moorai", "nannawarra", "tingari"
Size: 45-50 cm
Weight: 835 g (average)
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The photos below give an impression of how Sulphur-crested Cockatoos not only feed on wattle seeds, but in the process strip half of the tree crown by chomping off the ends of twigs/branches, before feeding on the seeds by stripping those off what they are holding with one foot. While this looks destructive (and is unwelcome in the case of, e.g., introduced fruit trees), it may actually ensure the tree's survival by limiting the foliage's wind resistance in severe storms that were in the forecast when these photos were taken, in October 2020.