Salmon-Crested Cockatoo

Cacatua moluccensis

Cockatoos are noisy, flocking parrots that live in Australia, Indonesia, and nearby islands. They are characterized by a large, feathered head crest that they raise in alarm or excitement. Strong, curved bills are used to crack seeds and eat insects and fruits. 

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Salmon-crested cockatoos are very distinctive with long salmon-colored feathers on the crest, white and pink plumage, and yellow-tinted feathers on the underside of their wings. Females tend to be slightly larger than males and have brown irises whereas the male has a black iris.


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Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House Island
heightHeight: 1.3 to 1.7 ft
weightWeight: 1.5 to 2.2 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 80 yrs
wingspanWingspan: Up to 2 ft
habitatHabitat: Forest and mountains
dietDiet: Seeds and fruit
exclamationRisk Status: Species @ Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)