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MOLUCCAN COCKATOO

The Salmon-Crested Cockatoo also known as the Moluccan Cockatoo, is a cockatoo endemic to the south Moluccas in eastern Indonesia. It is among the largest of the white cockatoos. The female is larger than the male on average. It has white-pink feathers with a definite peachy glow, a slight yellow on the underwing and underside of the tail feathers and a large retractable recumbent crest which it raises when threatened, revealing hitherto concealed bright red-orange plumes to frighten potential attackers. It may also be raised in excitement or in other emotional displays. Some describe the crest as "flamingo-colored." In the wild the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo inhabits lowland forests. The diet consists mainly of seeds, nuts, and fruit, as well as coconuts, and it also eats meat. It also has one of the louder calls in the parrot world and in captivity is a capable mimic. The Salmon-Crested Cockatoo can no longer be imported into the United States because it is listed on the Wild Bird Conservation Act. However, they are being bred in captivity. They are popular for their beauty and trainability (which makes them popular in trained bird shows). The Salmon-Crested Cockatoo is widely considered to be one of the most demanding parrots to keep as a pet due to their high intelligence, large size, potential noise level, and need to chew. Salmon-Crested Cockatoos are highly social and pets can be extremely cuddly, affectionate, and gentle birds.