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Salmon-crested Cockatoo


Southern Moluccas, Indonesia


Coastal areas and coconut plantations


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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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.


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
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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