salmon crested

November 10, 2016 - Moluccan Cockatoo or Salmon-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)

Requested by: @tieltavern

These parrots are found on the Moluccan Islands of Indonesia. Often seen in flocks of up to 16 birds, they are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. Their diet consists of seeds, fruit, berries, nuts, and insects. Considered to be a minor crop pest on coconut plantations, they use their powerful beaks to break into young coconuts to eat the pulp and milk. Their nests are built in cavities of large trees, but little else is known about their breeding habits in the wild. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to trapping for the cage-bird trade and habitat loss and fragmentation.


Max - A Moluccan Cockatoo by Paul.E.M
Some info about Max: * aka Salmon-crested Cocatoo * talkative; loves to talk and squawk * an extremely flirtatious whistler * will be 45 years old next month * loves to cuddle * knows all the tricks in the book to get what he wants, which is usually attention * often gets mistaken for a battery operated toy * likes it when you play music for him, songs like “I’ve got the music in me”. - A special thank you to everyone who shared information about this very special bird.