African Savannah

Salmon Crested Cockatoo

Cacatua moluccensis Salmon Crested Cockatoo

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Status in the Wild:

Cuckoo for Coconuts

These beautiful birds have diets consisting of seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, insects and even larvae.  But, they have gained the title of “pest” in grain and coconut plantations because of their sweet tooth for young coconuts. They chew through the outer layers to get to the milk and soft pulp inside.

Plummeting Population

The Salmon Crested Cockatoo population has plummeted due to extensive trapping for pet trade and large-scale forest loss as a result of logging operations, settlement and hydroelectric projects.


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