Salmon Crested (Moluccan) Cockatoo
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Length 52 cm. (21 in.) Adult plumage pale salmon-pink; underfeathers of backward-curving crest a deep salmon-pink; undersides of flight feathers washed with pink, tail feathers with yellow-orange. Naked periophthalmic ring white tinted with blue; bill grey-black; iris dark brown; legs grey. Voice: a shrill screech and a loud, quavering cry of alarm or threat; also hisses.
GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Forests and woodlands of Ceram, Saparua and Haruku in the southern Moluccas, Indonesia; also introduced to Moluccan island of Amboina.
Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and possibly insects and their larvae. Considered a pest in coconut plantations as they feed on immature coconuts, chewing through the outer layers to get at the soft pulp inside .
LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
Little has been recorded of its nesting behavior or social habits in the wild. In captivity, they lay up to 7 elliptical eggs in a nest box simulating nesting hollows in trees. Both parents brood, sometimes together. Life span is 80 years.
Flight consists of a few rapid wingbeats followed by gliding and then another few wingbeats.
Such a popular pet that they have become endangered and now trade in wild individuals is prohibited.
STATUS IN WILD:
Listed on CITES Appendix I in October 1989 even though Indonesia considers them a pest and a valuable export.
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Wonderful light on this bird, Robert, and the background is very effectively dark. Interesting moment, too.
Very nice shot indeed!
I like the use of flash, wich darken the background.
However, the details of the wall disturb my eyes. I made a WS, I hope you'll like it.
Good composition and details.