Moluccan Cockatoo, Salmon-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)
This salmon-crested Cockatoo is quite possibly one of the most strikingly beautiful species in the parrot family, a beauty that has sadly cost many their freedom through capture for the pet trade, and may potentially cost the species its existence. Named for its exceptionally long, backward-curving salmon-pink crest, this large cockatoo possesses a stunning white plumage, often tinged with soft pink throughout, while the underside of the wings and tail glow with yellow-orange. Bare bluish-white skin encircles the eye, the bill is greyish-black and the legs and feet are grey. Females are slightly larger than males and have a dark brown iris, whereas the male’s eyes are black.
These birds are endemic to Seram, Ambon, Saparua and Haruku in South Maluku, Indonesia.
This beauty's name is "Molly." He's a boy with a girl's name. He says, "Hi," "Hello," "Hi Molly," Pretty birdie," and "What's the matter, Molly?" When he would say/ask, "What the matter, Molly?" - he would then turn in repititive circles. Molly was quite entertaining.
Status: Vulnerable --> The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species