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Salmon-crested Cockatoo

Range:

Southern Moluccas, Indonesia

Habitat:

Coastal areas and coconut plantations

Characteristics:

Plumage is pale salmon-pink with the undersides of the backward-curving crest a deep salmon-pink. The undersides of the flight feathers are washed with a deep salmon-pink. The bill and legs are grey-black.

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Behavior:

Considered a pest in coconut plantations, these cockatoos attack you coconuts, chewing through the outer layers to get at the 'milk' and soft pulp. They make a loud, quavering cry and a shrill screech. The flight consists of a few rapid wing beats followed by gliding and then another few wing beats. The salmon-crested cockatoo is a popular bird in captivity, yet little is known of its habits in the wild.

Reproduction:

Very little is known of nesting behavior in the wild. Incubation is thought to be about 30 days with both parents never leaving the nest at the same time.

Salmon-crested Cockatoo
Range
Class: aves
Genus: Cacatua
Species: moluccensis
Height: 23 inches
Average Lifespan: 15
Wild Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and insects and their larvae
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Off Exhibit: Education Animal Facility


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