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Moluccan Cockatoo

 (Cacatua moluccensis)

Also known as: Salmon-crested Cockatoo, Pink-crested Cockatoo, Rose-crested Cockatoo

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Moluccan Cockatoo perching
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The Moluccan Cockatoo has been trapped in the wild for the bird trade; poachers have captured them in fishing line snares laid out along the routes to their communal roosting places or by using tame decoys to lure them.

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Species Profile

Genus: Cacatua | Species: moluccensis

Size:

40-50 cm (15.6-19.5 in)

Weight:

775-935g (27.1-32.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults large, soft peach coloured cockatoo with bright, dark peach crest; soft yellow suffusion underwings and undertail. Eye black, area around eye white.  Eye black in male and dark brown in female.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult.

Call:

Shrill screech with quavering notes; are vocal most of all in evening.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Birdsnways
 

Content Sources:

BirdLife International
CITES
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Avian Pediatric Seminar Proceedings, various authors, 1988.

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Moluccan Cockatoo perching
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

The Moluccan Cockatoo has been trapped in the wild for the bird trade; poachers have captured them in fishing line snares laid out along the routes to their communal roosting places or by using tame decoys to lure them.

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Fairly common

Longevity:

40-60 yrs

Housing:

Walk-in aviary, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, oats, safflower and small amount of hemp, spray millet, limited sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; sprouted beans such as mung or peas, cooked butterbeans or lentils, boiled or fresh corn, green leaves of spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion and chickweed; fresh vegetables such as carrot, celery, zucchini, squash, green beans and peas in a pod; fresh fruit such as apple, pear, orange, banana, cactus fruits, pomegranates, berries, asian pears, kiwi fruit, and others; nutritionally complete kibble, high protein biscuits for underweight birds.

Enrichment:

Chewable objects - sterilized pine cones, fir, pine, willow or elder branches, vegetable tanned leather items; hard plastic puzzle items, food finders, push and pull toys, different size perches, socialization. Enjoys bathing so provide overhead misters or use spray bottle.

Nest Box Size:

75cm (29") high, 60cm (23.4") in diameter, barrel shaped.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

28 days

Fledging Age:

15 weeks

Hatch Weight:

16-20g (0.5-0.7 oz)

Peak Weight:

896-943g (31.4-33 oz)

Weaning Weight:

822g (28.8 oz)

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Moluccan Cockatoo perching
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

The Moluccan Cockatoo has been trapped in the wild for the bird trade; poachers have captured them in fishing line snares laid out along the routes to their communal roosting places or by using tame decoys to lure them.

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Species Wild Status

World Population:

10,000 - 99,900

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Pet trade, deforestation, habitat loss.

Range:

S Moluccas (Ceram, Saparua and Haruku), Indonesia.

Habitat:

Lowland forest between 100-1200m (328-3936 ft). Found in undisturbed and disturbed primary lowland forest with large trees, also open canopy forest with low vegetation.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on nuts, young coconut, seeds, berries, and insects and their larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in noisy roosts, during breeding season found singly or in pairs; at other times found in groups of up to 16 birds. Generally shy species. Active early morning and late afternoon.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 elliptical eggs, size 30.0 x 50.0mm (1.2 x 2 in).

Breeding Season:

Begins in July, August.

Related Links:

BirdLife International
Wikipedia
Arkive
Research: Density and distribution of the endemic Seram Cockatoo in relation to land use patterns
Article "Rehabilitation of Indonesian parrots from the illegal wildlife trade: early experience on Seram Island, Indonesia", by Stewart Metz

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Moluccan Cockatoo perching
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

The Moluccan Cockatoo has been trapped in the wild for the bird trade; poachers have captured them in fishing line snares laid out along the routes to their communal roosting places or by using tame decoys to lure them.

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