Moluccan Cockatoo

The Moluccan Cockatoo is a bright, salmon-pink color. It has a crest of feathers on top of its head that are a darker pink while its tail is a yellowish-orange. The moluccan cockatoo usually grows to be 21 inches long and weighs about 2 pounds. In the wild it often lives up to 60 years.

This cockatoo lives mainly in the warm forests and woodlands of Indonesia and the Phillippines. It likes to be near the coast and stays in low, hilly areas when it can. The moluccan eats mainly fruits, nuts, and berries, although it will sometimes eat small insects and larvae as well. They live together in small flocks and will raise their crest or stamp their feet if excited. Mocuccans also have a very harsh call, almost like a screech. This call is given if the cockatoo is afraid, if there is danger nearby, or simply to get attention from other birds.

Moluccan cockatoos nest in the hollows of trees. There is no specific breeding season; each bird seems to be on a unique schedule. The female lays between 2 and 4 eggs a season. After about 28 days the eggs will hatch and both parents will care for the new chicks. Most chicks are ready to leave the nest after 2 or 3 weeks, although they often stay close by their parents. Muluccan cockatoos face their greatest danger from humans. They are prized pets and are often captured from the wild for large amounts of money. Although they are on endangered animal lists, many are illegally captured and sold.

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