Moluccan Cockatoo

Cacatua moluccensis

The Moluccan Cockatoo is one of the largest species of cockatoo. They are found on the coast and inland where they congregate in flocks which can devastate cereal crops. For this reason they can be considered a pest and are often trapped and shot. Like many parrot species; they are often caught and sold illegally for the pet trade.

These birds are registered on the European studbook, which co-ordinates the breeding management for some 300 of this species.

Distribution: Southern Moluccas, Amboyna, Ceram, Saparua and Haruku.

Diet: Seeds and fruit.

Status in the wild: Threatened. IUCN ( International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural resources).

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