The sulphur-crested cockatoo is one of the largest of the several species of beautiful white cockatoos. It is a different species than the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo. Although spectacular in appearance, this huge, active parrot is brilliant, long-lived, and noisy; and it is very challenging to keep as a pet. This bird expects a lot from its owner and it is recommended only for experienced owners who are up to the task. For a motivated owner, the sulphur-crested is a once-in-a-lifetime pet.
A sturdy cage with ample room is what is required for a triton cockatoo as they are excellent escape artists and can easily bite open flimsy cages with their strong beaks. There should be perches for the bird to sit and swing on. You must also provide plenty of chewable toys as these birds are rather prone to chewing.
These birds are absolute clowns when it comes to personality. Jovial, fun-loving and gregarious, they can become a handful because of their constant craving for their owner’s attention. They can also be rather loud, so you’d either need to place them in a sound-proofed room or have very considerate neighbors. They also tend to get overly attached to one person, which might lead to aggressive behavior towards others. Their raucous calls usually are at their peak during dawn and dusk, as those are the times in the wild when they make noise to get others of the flock together (at dawn) and to return to their nests (during dusk).
Tritons should get a quality seed mix, fruits, vegetables and a pelleted diet. Make sure that they stay away from chocolate and avocado, as both of those are toxic for parrots.
The water and food dishes in the cage need to be replaced daily with clean ones. A complete disinfection of the cage needs to be carried out every other month. Replace the chewed up toys from time to time as well.
The nails and beak should be clipped at regular intervals or else they’d get too large, and may cause injury to the owner. Clip the feathers as well to ensure your cockatoo does not fly away through an open window. Clip the feathers just enough to make sure they glide to the ground, and not fall to it.