Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) - HBW 4, p. 277

French: Cacatoès soufré German: Gelbwangenkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa Sulfúrea
Other common names: Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Taxonomy: Psittacus sulphureus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Moluccas.
Alternative genus name Kakatoe now obsolete; official suppression proposed. Forms superspecies with C. galerita and C. ophthalmica. Possible races djampeana and occidentalis now regarded as synomyms of nominate and race parvula respectively. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sulphurea (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - Sulawesi, and offlying islands of Muna, Butung, Tukangbesi, Tanahjampea, Kayuadi, Kalao, Madu and Kalaotoa.
  • abbotti (Oberholser, 1917) - Masalembu Besar I (Java Sea).
  • parvula (Bonaparte, 1850) - Sumbawa, Komodo, Padar, Rinca, Flores, Pantar, Alor, Semau and Timor (Lesser Sundas); also Lombok, where probably extinct, and Nusa Penida.
  • citrinocristata (Fraser, 1844) - Sumba (Lesser Sundas).