Sulphur-crested cockatoos are an iconic Australian parrot, well known for their inquisitive nature and loud, raucous calls.

They were introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century, and wild populations can still be found on the North Island's west coast - even in the nearby Waitakere Ranges.

These parrots flock together in their hundreds, but during breeding season they form small family groups or pairs.

Captain, our male sulphur-crested cockatoo, was donated to Auckland Zoo in 1990.

Captain has a strong personality and can be very cheeky at times. He has favourite keepers and those he doesn't like the look of quickly know it!


Hello Captain!

Captain is an absolute star and a firm favourite at the Zoo. Be sure to say hello to Captain in his new home in Strangely Beautiful Australia.