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Moluccan cockatoo

Cacatua moluccensis

Moluccan cockatoo

These beautiful birds are found in South Moluccas, in Indonesia, where it lives in lowland forests. The Moluccan cockatoo has a crest on its head which it raises when threatened or excited. For this reason, the bird is also known as the salmon-crested cockatoo.

These cockatoos have one of the shrillest calls of all birds and can mimic the sound of other animals, including humans.

They have strong beaks and are considered pests in coconut plantations because they feed on young coconuts.

Habitat
Rainforest

Diet - Omnivore
Moluccan cockatoos eat seeds, nuts, grains, fruit and some insects.

Size
Moluccan cockatoos can be up to 52 centimetres long and can weigh up to 900 grams.

Location
Moluccan cockatoos are found in lowland rainforests in south Maluku, Indonesia.

Conservation status
Moluccan cockatoos are found in lowland rainforests in south Maluku, Indonesia.

Threats
The IUCN considers Moluccan cockatoos to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. They are listed under Appendix I of CITES in an attempt to regulate trade in the birds.

Current population
It is estimated that there are just over 60,000 Moluccan cockatoos left in the wild and their population is continuing to decrease.

Zoo population
There is an EEP for Moluccan cockatoos. There are currently around 400 Moluccan cockatoos living in zoos worldwide.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

EEP - European Endangered Species Programme

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