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Moluccan Cockatoos

MOLUCCAN COCKATOOS (Salmon Crested Cockatoo) are found in the Phillippines, and the Moluccan and Indonesia Islands. They're one of the largest of the cockatoo species at 20 inches. Moluccans are light pink to salmon colored with a beautiful large orange crest. The beak and legs are greyish black and the eyes are black in the male and dark brown in the female. Moluccans are social animals and live in small flocks.

Habitat: Forests near the coasts of the islands. Mostly in the lower areas and hilly country.

Diet: Consists mainly of berries, fruits and nuts, as well as insects and larvae.

Incubation period, weaning: Moluccans lay small clutches, usually two to three eggs. Incubation is about 30 days. The male does not spend much time in the nest caring for the eggs.

Moluccans as Pets

 moluccan cockatoo crest up by Lynne Moluccans are very aggressive chewers who need a steady supply of toys and perches to destroy. They have extremely destructive beaks and are blessed with piercing, loud voices which can carry for long distances. They tend to vocalize at least twice each day in the the morning and evening and are not suited to either apartment dwelling or closely spaces houses. Moluccans need roomy cages, exercise and things to keep them busy and not bored. They are one of the species more prone to feather plucking. They are also very beautiful, intelligent, lovable and affectionate. They can be taught many tricks and some are very good talkers. In the early morning and late afternoon they can be rather loud when flock calling.

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