Moluccan Cockatoo
Cacatua moluccensis

ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Cacuata

20 inches; tail is short and the body is larger than most cockatoos

Moluccan Islands of Indonesia

Forests and woods

Wild - Fruits, nuts, and seeds
Zoo - Bird diet, parrot mix, and biscuits


  • Major coloring is white with salmon pink color showing through; Large crest is raised flashing rich salmon pink color when the bird is excited. It can signify anger, anexity, or even high spirits.
  • Beak is black
  • Eyes of female are brownish burgundy; eyes of male are black.
  • Has a bushy appearance because of the longer, broader feathers; borders on shagginess because it frequently ruffles its feathers for a good shaking.


  • Powerful voice, destructive beak
  • Are considered a nuisance on coconut plantations where the cockatoos chew through the outer layer of young coconuts to feed on the soft pulp and sweet milk inside.
  • Social birds; form life long pair bonds and flocks can be seen in trees laden with ripe fruit.
  • Diurnal-at night they sleep in high leafless branches
  • In Europe this bird is mainly called a Salmon Crested Cockatoo and its frequently called the Rose Crested Cockatoo. Cockatoos are supposedly the longest lived birds with the record being 69 years, only to be equaled by a raven.

2 - 3 eggs incubated for 30 - 31 days
Birds reach sexual maturity at 4-5 years