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Can someone identify this white colour bird?

Location: unknown (image taken from someone's profile pic).

  • $\begingroup$ Please comment about the location where you found the bird / where this picture was taken. Thanks. $\endgroup$ May 15, 2017 at 17:14

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From the picture, it looks like Cacatua sulphurea

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[Source: Wikipedia]

The yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) also known as the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo, is a medium-sized (approximately 34 cm long) cockatoo with white plumage, bluish-white bare orbital skin, grey feet, a black bill, and a retractile yellow or orange crest. The sexes are similar.[Source]

Habitat and ecology:

  • It mostly inhabits evergreen, deciduous, monsoon and semi-evergreen forests.

  • It nests in tree cavities or a pre-existing hole made by any another species.(Nandika et al.)

  • Observations made on Masakabing Island suggests that it's favourite diet include male fruits of Artocarpus communis, flowers and fruits of Cocos nucifera, Young leaves and flowers of Ceiba petandra, mangroves and male fruits of Brassus sudaica.(Metz et al.)

  • It mostly nests on C. nucifera, A. communis, C. petandra, Tamarindus indica and Avicennia sp. (Nandika et al.) [Source]

Why it is not Cacatua galerita?

  • $\begingroup$ I don't know where the OP's photo was taken, but I assume it is a pet bird. The yellow-crested cockatoo is classified as a critically endangered species, so it's rather unlikely someone would own it as a pet. $\endgroup$
    – adjan
    May 13, 2017 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ @adjan But from the plumage it still looks like Cacatua sulphurea $\endgroup$
    – Mesentery
    May 13, 2017 at 15:32

I would say it's a sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). It is a quite common pet bird.

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Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cacatua_galerita_Tas_2.jpg


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