The Eleonora cockatoo, Cacatua galerita eleonora, also known as medium sulphur-crested cockatoo, is a subspecies of the sulphur-crested cockatoo. It is native to the Aru Islands in Indonesia, but has also been introduced to Kai Islands.
It is the smallest of the four subspecies of Cacatua galerita, at approx. 44 cm long and weighing in at between 404–602 grams. Apart from the size difference, the Eleonora differs from the greater sulfur-crested in that it doesn't have as prominent white eyerings (they often are a pale blue), the crest of an Eleonora is often less curved and it doesn't have the certain pointy upper mandible, which is only found in Cacatua galerita galerita.
Sunshine joined the flock on Christmas of 2017 and is now about 13 years old. Sunshine's previous owner was a wheelchair-bound gentleman and she would spend her days riding around on his left shoulder, which she still loves to do with me. Unfortunately, the gentleman passed away and his wife did not care for Sunshine so she decided to re-home her. Sunshine was at a local bird store and there was an almost instant bond, so of course, I bought her and she loves her forever home here at For the Love of Birds Sanctuary.
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, Sunshine was involved in an altercation with another bird. Sunshine suffered a broken bone at the shoulder of her left-wing. Being Sunday of course, veterinary hospitals were closed so I wrapped her up in bandages so she couldn't hurt herself any further. On Monday morning I dropped Sunshine off at my avian veterinary hospital. X-rays were down and confirmed the broken bone. My veterinarian called me to update me on the status and said Sunshine was doing good and at worst her wing might need to be amputated. This had already gone over in my mind and I was prepared for that news. About an hour later I got the call nobody ever wants, Sunshine was dead. When the vet went to get Sunshine to fix her up, she was lying dead in the incubator.
Sunshine was such a special bird to me, she followed me everywhere I went. She was the first cockatoo I ever rescued. It's been so hard for me to deal with the loss of Sunshine. She will always hold a special place in my heart and I'll never forget that sweet, special bird. I love you Sunshine and I always will.