The Moluccan Cockatoo is an endangered species, and has been listed on Appendix I of CITES since 1989, which makes trade in wild-caught birds illegal.
Numbers have declined due to illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade and habitat loss. It has a large retractable recumbent crest, which it raises when threatened to frighten potential attackers, it may also be raised in excitement or other displays. They have been known to live up to 100 years in captivity and also are capable of mimicry.
DID YOU KNOW? The Moluccan or salmon crested cockatoo has the loudest voice of all parrot species.
- Least Concern
- Near Threatened
- Critically Endangered
- Extinct in the Wild