moluccancockatoo

November 10, 2016 – Moluccan Cockatoo or Salmon-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)

Requested by: @tieltavern

These parrots are found on the Moluccan Islands of Indonesia. Often seen in flocks of up to 16 birds, they are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. Their diet consists of seeds, fruit, berries, nuts, and insects. Considered to be a minor crop pest on coconut plantations, they use their powerful beaks to break into young coconuts to eat the pulp and milk. Their nests are built in cavities of large trees, but little else is known about their breeding habits in the wild. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to trapping for the cage-bird trade and habitat loss and fragmentation.

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