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Salmon Crested Cockatoo

Salmon Crested Cockatoo

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Scientific Name:

Cacatua moluccensis


Distribution

S. Moluccan Islands of Inodnesia.


Diet:

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


Facts

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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