Daisy ~ Moluccan/Salmon-crested Cockatoo

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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6-12-10

Taken in Marana, Arizona in my backyard using a Canon Powershot SX10IS.

I acquired Daisy a week ago today. She is an absolute doll! Yes I am aware of how much work they are. I was certified in birds as well as small animals, fish & reptiles (being my specialty) during my time in the pet industry. So I consider myself lucky to have a heads up. Because the sounds that this bird produces are shall we say ……..at uniquely high levels…lol

I don’t usually put my images of my pets but lets face it, she is a ham and she takes great pictures. So she will be popping up here and there as well as Charlie, whom you will meet next…


Salmon-crested Cockatoo
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Salmon-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua moluccensis also known as Moluccan Cockatoo is a cockatoo endemic to south Moluccas in eastern Indonesia. At 50 cm, it is among the largest of the white cockatoos. The female is larger than the males on average. It has white-pink feathers with a definite peachy glow, a slight yellow on the underwing and underside of the tail feathers and a large retractable recumbent crest which it raises when threatened, revealing hitherto concealed bright red-orange plumes to frighten potential attackers (may also be raised in excitement, or other ‘emotional’ displays). Some describe the crest as “flamingo-colored.” It also has one of the louder calls in the parrot world and in captivity is a capable mimic.

In the wild the Salmon-crested Cockatoo inhabits lowland forests below 1000 m. The diet consists mainly of seeds, nuts and fruit, as well as coconuts. There is additional evidence that they eat insects off the ground, and pet Moluccan cockatoos have tested positive for anemia if their diet does not include enough protein.

The Salmon-crested Cockatoo can no longer be imported into the United States because it is listed on the Wild Bird Conservation Act. However, they are being bred in captivity. They are popular for their beauty and trainability (which makes them popular in trained bird shows). The Salmon-crested Cockatoo is widely considered to be the one of the most demanding parrots to keep as a pet due to their high intelligence, large size, potential noise level, and need to chew. Moluccan cockatoos require a very large and very sturdy cage or aviary. Salmon-crested Cockatoos are highly social and pets can be extremely cuddly, affectionate, and gentle birds. This can lead to problems if a young cockatoo is spoiled with a great deal of attention and cuddling when young and does not get the opportunity to learn to play with toys, forage, or otherwise entertain itself. Salmon-crested cockatoos require a great deal of attention and activity to remain healthy and well-adjusted. Attention and training from human caregivers is important in keeping them occupied, as are chewable toys and foraging toys that require them to work for their food. As with most large cockatoos, the Salmon-crested Cockatoo may develop health and behavioral problems such as feather-plucking and aggression if not provided with the appropriate environment, attention, and enrichment opportunities.

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