Moluccan Cockatoo – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Salmon-crested Cockatoo, Moluccan Cockatoo
Latin name: Cacatua moluccensis
Length: 40 – 50 cm (15.6 – 19.5 inches)
Weight: 775 – 935g (27.1 – 32.7 oz)
Life Span: 40-60 years
Origin: Native to south Moluccus and eastern Indonesia
Noise Level: Shrill screech with quavering notes, out-volume any other bird, and are extremely loud.
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Moluccan Cockatoo’s have incredible emotional intelligence, and are highly complex. These parrots are so intelligent that there have been many cases where they have figured out how to escape their cage, and are said to be equipped with a variety of technical skills that help them accomplish this.


Moluccan Cockatoo’s are recognised as one of the loudest parrots, and their vocal volume is considerably louder than most birds. Moluccan’s will scream for no reason, and will often do so in the middle of the night. Due to their loudness it takes a specific kind of household to live peacefully with a Moluccan. Moluccan’s are not known for their talking ability, however they are able to mimic a few words or more accurately put; yell a few words.


Moluccans demand attention from their owners, and when under stimulated or not provided with the adequate amount of attention they will easily become bored, and this will lead to preening. Consistent preening then becomes a plucking problem. Lack of attention can cause severe depression in these birds, as they are extremely social. Stress and boredom thus remain the main causes of feather plucking in Moluccan cockatoos.


  • Moluccan’s are very large birds and need the biggest cages you can afford.
  • They require a lot of space. A walk-in aviary would be the most ideal cage.
  • Ideal aviary length should be 4.5m (14.7 ft.)
  • Minimum cage size should be at least 30-36 inches deep, 48 inches wide, and 6 feet high.
  • Provide them with a variety of chewable toys for mental stimulation.
  • Make available, sterilized pine cones, vegetable tanned leather items, hard plastic puzzle items, food finders, and different sized perches for mental enrichment.
  • Overhead misters or spray bottles for bathing a few times a week are ideal.
  • Allow your Moluccan a considerable amount of time out of their cage, because they highly dislike confinement.


  • Feed your Moluccan a high quality parrot seed mix or a complete parrot diet.
  • Supplement the staple diet with various fruits & vegetables.
  • Organic, and all-natural bird mixes are ideal.
  • Quality mixes contain a variety of seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and veggies.
  • Introduce calcium into their diets with the use of a cuttlebone or supplements like AVIMIX and BSP.
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times.
  • Wash their food and water bowls on a daily basis.
  • Aim to provide a balanced and healthy diet and never overfeed your parrot.
  • Incorporate foraging into their feeding regime for mental stimulation.


These birds are considered extremely needy, and constantly demand the affection of their human counterpart.

The world population is under threat as they are popular in the pet trade, and their IUCN status is vulnerable. As a result of the exotic bird trade there are  around 99,000 Moluccan cockatoo’s world-wide.

Their intelligence level makes them notorious cage escape artists.

Both males and females partake in the incubation process.

Moluccans will attack young coconuts by chewing through the tough outer layers to get to the soft pulp, milk, and are considered pests in coconut plantations.

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