Wooranook B & B Sign

THE SULPHUER CRESTED COCKATOO is probably Australia’s most well known parrot, as well as the largest (up to 18 inches long). Unmistakable with their loud, strident calls and brilliant white plumage against the sky or in the tops of trees, they are a common sight especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Their scientific name ‘Cacatua galerita’ means ‘capped cockatoo’ – referring to their bright yellow crest feathers which visually display their moods by spreading up and outward when the bird is alarmed or excited or lying flat when resting. Very intelligent birds, they easily learn to ‘talk’, mimicking human speech, barking dogs, power tools, etc. and adapt themselves well to humans around them, and in general, they have plenty of time to learn things, since they often live for more than 70 years. Nesting high in the holes of eucalpyt trees, usually near water, their brilliant white can be spotted from a long distance away. Their cawing noise can become deafening, especially when in a large group and flying home to roost in the evening.

Wooranook Bed & Breakfast chose a cocky for their sign, so we went all out with a large, hand sculpted and painted version, wings outspread and just coming in for a landing. The text was hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold leaf. The sign was painted with Dulux Weathershield highly UV-resistant paints which use mineral pigments, so will not show noticeable fading for 8 to 10 years. A top trim added the finishing touch to this striking sign.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted
Sign Size
35 " x 26 "