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Salmon Crested Cockatoo

Salmon Crested Cockatoo

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Scientific Name:

Cacatua moluccensis


S. Moluccan Islands of Indonesia


Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, unripe coconuts, insects and their larvae.


Habitat: Lowland rainforest below altitudes of 1200m.

Incubation: 28-29 days / 1-3 eggs

Social structure: single, pairs or small groups of up to 16 birds (in non-breeding season).

Weight: 850gr

Dimensions: 40-50cm

Lifespan: 66 max in human care.

Estimated population in the wild: 10,000-100,000

Threats: extensive poaching for the pet trade and habitat loss and fragmentation.

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Did you know that:

  1. The crest on its head raises when threatened or excited.
  2. They have one of the shrillest calls of all birds and can mimic the sound of other animals, including humans. Their loud raucous call can be heard up to 1 km away.
  3. They have strong beaks and are considered pests in coconut plantations because they feed on young coconuts.
  4. The female is slightly larger with a dark brown iris, whereas male's iris is black.

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