Salmon-crested Cockatoo

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 November 2008
Scientific Name
Cacatua moluccensis
  • Psittaciformes
  • Cacatuidae
  • Cacatua
  • C. moluccensis
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
20 inches


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

Chinese (汉语) 橙冠凤头鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) Kakadu Molucký
Danish (Dansk) Molukkakadu
Dutch (Nederlands) Molukkenkaketoe
Finnish (Suomi) Molukkienkakadu
French (Français) Cacatoès à Huppe Rouge
German (Deutsch) Molukkenkakadu
Italian (Italiano) Cacatua delle Molucche
Japanese (日本語) オオバタン (Oobatan)
Norwegian (Norsk) Molukkakadu
Polish (Polski) Kakadu Molucka
Russian (русский язык) Молуккский Какаду
Spanish (Español) Cacatúa de las Molucas
Swedish (Svenska) Moluckkakadua
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