Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) - HBW 4, p. 277

French: Cacatoès à huppe jaune German: Gelbhaubenkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa Galerita
Other common names: White(!)/Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo; Triton’s Cockatoo (triton); Eleonora’s Cockatoo (eleonora)

Taxonomy: Psittacus galeritus Latham, 1790, New South Wales.
Alternative genus name Kakatoe now obsolete; official suppression proposed. Forms superspecies with C. sulphurea and C. ophthalmica. Four additional races (aruensis, macrolophus, kwalamkwalam, trobriandi) have been named from New Guinea and related islands, and another (rosinae) from mainland Australia, but none of these now considered valid. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • triton Temminck, 1849 - New Guinea and surrounding islands.
  • eleonora (Finsch, 1867) - Aru Is.
  • fitzroyi (Mathews, 1912) - N Australia, from Fitzroy R in NW to Gulf of Carpentaria in NE.
  • galerita (Latham, 1790) - E & SE Australia from Cape York to Tasmania.