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About the Salmon-crested Cockatoo

Also known as: Moluccan Cockatoo, Rose Cackatoo

The Salmon-crested Cockatoo is the largest of the white cockatoos. It has beautiful white-pink features and a large retractable crest which reveals bright red-orange plumes when excited or to frighten potential attackers.

These birds are also known as Moluccan Cockatoos, and they are endemic to South Moluccas, an island of Indonesia. There they live in lowland forests. Moluccan Cockatoos are an endangered species. Numbers have declined due to illegal trapping and habitat loss.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 November 2008
Scientific Name Cacatua moluccensis
  • Psittaciformes
  • Cacatuidae
  • Cacatua
  • C. moluccensis
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 30 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 inches
Range Southeast Asia


From IUCN Red List:
The Salmon-crested Cockatoo is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This cockatoo qualifies as Vulnerable because, like its congeners, it is a very popular cagebird and has suffered a rapid population decline as a result of trapping for trade, combined with deforestation in its small range. Moreover, this decline is projected to continue and perhaps accelerate. Should the species be found to be declining at a more rapid rate, it will warrant uplisting to a higher category of threat.

International Names

  • 橙冠凤头鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • Kakadu Molucký (Czech)
  • Molukkakadu (Danish)
  • Molukkenkaketoe (Dutch)
  • Molukkienkakadu (Finnish)
  • Cacatoès à Huppe Rouge (French)
  • Molukkenkakadu (German)
  • Cacatua delle Molucche (Italian)
  • オオバタン (Oobatan) (Japanese)
  • Molukkakadu (Norwegian)
  • Kakadu Molucka (Polish)
  • Молуккский Какаду (Russian)
  • Cacatúa de las Molucas (Spanish)
  • Moluckkakadua (Swedish)

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