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Moluccan Cockatoo


The descriptions give you their average size, weight and talking abilities (see Congo Greys, Umbrella Cockatoos, Plumheads, Red-bellied Parrots Green-winged Macaws ).  The figures denote averages in all of these species, they are provided to you as a reference point.    



Size: 21 in. - 22 in. (52 cm.)
Weight Range: 640-1025 grams
Life Expectancy: 60 years or more
Talking Ability: Good
Minimum Cage Size:  
Bar Spacing: 
1" to 1 1/2"
Natural Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries insects, and larvae.
Captive Diet: Fruits, veggies, pellets, seeds, nuts, pasta, and grains. 
Dietary Needs: Cockatoos have a tendency to be obese. Therefore, high fat foods like peanuts and seeds should be fed sparingly.


Moluccan Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)  


The Moluccan is originally from Indonesia, Moluccan Islands and a favorite among bird fanciers due to its striking appearance and wonderful temperament.  Moluccans are also called Salmon-crested Cockatoos because of the salmon-pink feathers that comprise most of their head crest, which they will display when they are excited, angry, afraid, or thrilled with something.  BirdLife International has listed this beautiful bird on the Red List as VU or Vulnerable this means they one of 680 species that are on very high risk of extinction.  They estimate only 10,000 of these birds exist globally in approximately 11 countries.


The Moluccan can be noisy - at times, and is one of the largest of the cockatoos.  This bird is valued and prized for its affectionate and intelligent nature.  Moluccans have been called “living tumors” because they would like nothing more than to be sewn to your body 24 hours a day. They crave attention and love and will constantly vie for your affection.  Routines must be avoided, and toys are quite important this is so they have outlets for their playfulness. A routine that is suddenly deviated from, is not understood and may be met with a scream.  This pet can be constantly entertaining and a good companion. They learn behaviors, both positive and negative. This may be a advantage or a detriment (to the pet owner), depending on the understanding of Moluccans.  They are very social animals, and get along well with each other—if you are not home often, you may want to consider getting two.



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