Moluccan Cockatoo

The Salmon-crested cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis), also known as the Moluccan cockatoo, is a cockatoo endemic to the Seramarchipelago in eastern Indonesia. At a height of up to 46–52 cm and weight of up to 850 g, it is among the largest of the white cockatoos. The female is larger than the male on average. It has white-pink feathers with a definite peachy glow, a slight yellow on the underwing and underside of the tail feathers and a large retractable recumbent crest which it raises when threatened, revealing hitherto concealed bright red-orange plumes to frighten potential attackers. It may also be raised in excitement or in other 'emotional' displays. Some describe the crest as "flamingo-colored." It also has one of the louder calls in the parrot world and in captivity is a capable mimic.

The salmon-crested cockatoo is a vulnerable species, and has been listed on appendix I of CITES since 1989, which makes trade in wild-caught birds illegal. Trade in captive bred birds is legal only with appropriate CITES certification. Numbers have declined due to illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade and habitat loss.

Zac is a recent surrender, coming here summer of 2019. He has an open leg-band, so it's possible he might be a wild-caught. Zac's age is unknown but he did come into the USA by way of Hawaii 45-50 years ago and was given to his last owner in Ohio before moving to Colorado and eventually coming to For the Love of Birds Sanctuary. Zac is an energetic, loud, and lovable guy. He is also relearning how to live with other birds and doing great. As you can see he does damage his feathers, but so far he has yet to damage any more since living here. Zac does have a case of gout and does require frequent veterinary visits. 

R.I.P. Zac

On May 20th, 2020 Zac passed away during the night, due to natural causes. Zac will be deeply missed by everyone who's life he touched.