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Taking care of birds

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Pooches at Play co-host Gyton Grantley meets bird-lover and owner Kim who talks about her experience of rescuing many different birds including Joe a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

The Sulphur-crested cockatoos are is Australia’s most famous cockatoo and you can recognise them by their yellow crest and wings. These fabulous cockatoos are very social, especially during autumn and winter when mating season has ended. They fly in flocks of up to a hundred birds or in clusters and may feed in your backyard.

Sulphur-crested cockatoos mostly feed on the ground and eat native grasses, bushes and shrubs (if these are found in your backyard, then be prepared for visitors).

Kim also talks to Gyton about the need for anyone considering purchasing or rescuing a pet bird, particularly parrots, to make a legacy plan given their lifespan of 80 years+.

Where will you find one?
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are mostly found in northern Australia, eastern Australia and Tasmania. A smaller number also live in Perth and Western Australia. Internationally you can find them in New Zealand, Indonesia, New Guinea and the Aru Islands.

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