Moluccan Cockatoo

Our Moluccan Cockatoo, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Moluccan Cockatoo (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Moluccan Cockatoo Facts
Moluccan Cockatoo
Cacatua moluccensis

Life Span
40-60 years
20 inches
Average Weight
27-33 oz
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Moluccan Cockatoo, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • They are also called Salmon Crested Cockatoos. Their natural habitat is the forests of Indonesia, more specifically the Maluku Islands.
  • Moluccan cockatoos are the largest of the white colored cockatoos. Also, females are larger than the males. Females also have burgundy colored eyes and males usually have black or dark brown.
  • They have pinkish white feathers and a large salmon pink crest. Their broad feathers make them appear fluffier than other birds.
  • A cockatoo’s beaks is very strong and their diet includes nuts, seeds, fruit, coconuts, and some insects. Coconut plantations view these birds as pests because they like to chew into the young green coconuts.
  • They have loud shrill calls. When kept in captivity, they have the potential to learn to mimic noises including human voices.

Did You Know?

All cockatoos have a crest on their heads which can be moved to express emotions. A raised crest may mean fear, surprise, or even excitement. A lowered crest can mean that the bird is calm and relaxed.