More about Jim and his mates
By Judy Evans
August 4, 2022 8:04pm CST
I thought if I’m going to be responsible for the health and well-being of a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Jim, I should know a bit more about them. And, being a generous soul, I thought I’d share my new-found knowledge with you here. The sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is relatively large. It is white with lemon tints under the wings and tail and a bright yellow crest. They are 44–55 cm (17.5–21.5 in) long and weigh about 780 grams. In captivity, they live to 70 years or more. They are highly intelligent but can be raucous as pets. What is interesting is that they may eat clay to detoxify their food (geophagy). They also produce a fine powder which serves to waterproof their plumage. They are ground-feeders and in the wild, one or two will stay perched high in a tree to keep a lookout for predators while the others are feeding. Wikipedia says that ‘cocky’ has entered Australian slang referring to a person keeping guard at illegal gambling gatherings. To me, cocky is slang for a farmer. The photo is from Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Andrew Mercer ( CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Soon, I’ll have my own photos of a sulphur-crested cockatoo. Edit: As well as being slang for a farmer, several have pointed out that 'cocky' also means brash or over-confident. I did know that but forgot about it when I wrote the piece.
17 people like this
• Rockingham, Australia
They do tend to squawk and screech a lot. It probably helps that this one has a big cage. The only time he made a bit of a noise was when he was on the verandah on his perch and he couldn't see us in the kitchen. So they moved the perch into the kitchen and he was perfectly happy.
• United States
To me cocky is someone who thinks way too highly of themselves and their abilities. I've heard that they are very mischievous birds and cause damage to peoples homes and cars. The wild ones anyway. I just think they are so beautiful. I would love to visit your country just to see all the birds, and all the sites.
• Rockingham, Australia
They like to chew things and they need to do this to keep their beaks from growing too long. Like many creatures, they have the best lives if they are simply left alone in the wild. I hope you get to Australia one day. I feel fortunate to live here.