Bird Profile Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo Bird Information

Moluccan Cockatoos also known as Salmon Crested Cockatoos are friendly birds that form close bonds with their owners and thrive on social interaction. Moluccans are a lovable bird that can be a little clinging at times. They want to be as close to their human spouse as they would be to a mate in the wild. This bird requires a committed owner.

This parrot is distinguished by its salmon-pink feathers and beautifully colorful crown. Their beauty is matched only by their noisy, funny dispositions.

Moluccan Cockatoo

Natural Habitat

These huge and beautiful cockatoos are indigenous to the tropical forests of a single archipelago in Indonesia’s east, the Seram. Seram Island is a one-of-a-kind “parrot sanctuary,” home to over 117 bird species, many of which are unique to the island. Unfortunately, the Moluccan cockatoo has become a vulnerable species, and laws have been reinforce to restrict hunting and trapping.



Sweet and affectionate are two simple ways to describe her. This cockatoo adores being adored and desires to be with someone (bird or person) at all times. The Moluccan is a one-person bird when kept as a pet. Moluccans are bright birds who thrive on difficulty. When they are in a good mood, they can learn to dance, perform stunts, and act like an engaging comedian.

Cockatoos, in general, are among the more hardest birds to keep because to its reputation as a “velcro bird”. Many owners, on the other hand, adore this adorable trait; it’s a delightfully friendly bird that will even cuddle with you.

While Moluccans are famed for their friendliness, males can become violent as they age. Any cranky cockatoo has the potential to bite, which is why they are not suitable as a pet for households with children. The strong beak of this bird can crack open thick nuts.

Moluccan cockatoos are not the finest speakers. They can imitate some sounds, but many owners report that it sounds more like yelling than talking. These birds, like screechers, will cry for attention when they are upset or for no apparent reason. They are noisy, thus they are not suitable for those who have close neighbors.

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The Moluccan Cockatoo’s graceful and exquisite appearance will impress everyone. They are completely white, with a slight rosy tone that leans heavily toward pale pink. Their underwings are a pale yellow tint, and their distinctive crests conceal a patch of brightly colored pink feathers. The Moluccan Cockatoo is a lovely, one-of-a-kind bird because to its relaxing color combination.

These are the largest cockatoos in their family, and some of the largest parrots around, with an average length of roughly 21 inches (52 cm) and weighing up to 1.9 pounds (850 grams). Perhaps their most distinctive characteristic is a one-of-a-kind feather crest that they spread above their heads in a magnificent display of enthusiasm. Males and females will form lifelong bonds with their selected mate.


Health Condition

Moluccan cockatoos are prone to ripping off their feathers if they are not provided with adequate mental and physical stimulation, or if their human spouse does not spend enough time associating with it. Cockatoos can also suffer from psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), fatty liver disease, and obesity.

Moluccans eat seeds, fruits, nuts, and insects in the wild. Moluccans, like all members of the cockatoo family, can develop health concerns if they gain too much weight. Because Moluccans do not get as much activity as they would in the wild, owners must provide a well-balanced diet and limit high-fat items such as seeds.

The Moluccan cockatoo is a very active bird. They require a lot of activity to keep their mental and physical health in check. Allow your bird to play and extend its wings. Every day, give it three to four hours outside the cage.