Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo at Wingham Wildlife Park

Moluccan Cockatoo Natural History

Size
This bird reaches around 50cm in length.

Habitat and Distribution
This bird is found in South Moluccas in Indonesia where it lives in lowland forests.

Age
The average life span of this species is between 50 and 70 years however it has been reported that they can live for up to 100 years.

Diet
These birds feed on fruits, berries, seeds and nuts in the wild, also including a small amount of insects in their diet.

Groups and Breeding
The females will lay between 2 to 6 eggs which will be incubated by both the male and female and can hatch out after around 30 days.  These birds live in small loose flocks meaning they can be seen flying to new areas or sometimes even roosting in these small numbers however most of the time they will be seen in pairs.

Threats
This species is classed as vulnerable making trade in wild caught birds illegal, however the continuing illegal trapping of this species along with habitat loss means that these birds are still declining in number throughout its natural distribution.

Interesting facts
These cockatoos have very strong beaks which allow them to feed on coconuts, causing them to be considered a pest amongst coconut farmers.

Moluccan Cockatoo During Your Day Out in Kent

The moluccan cockatoo at Wingham Wildlife Park is named Chico. He lives in a communal long flight enclosure which he shares with other parrot species such as umbrella cockatoos, citron crested cockatoos and galah cockatoos This enclosure can be found opposite the education building and visitors can head from here to the entrance to the tropical house where many other bird species call home.