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.
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.
Where to see them: Reptile House Island
Height: 1.3 to 1.7 ft
Weight: 1.5 to 2.2 lbs
Lifespan: 80 yrs
Wingspan: Up to 2 ft
Habitat: Forest and mountains
Diet: Seeds and fruit
Risk Status: Species @ Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)
Strong feet: Salmon crested cockatoos use one foot to hold food and break off pieces with the other. (Photo: Crissi Lanier)