Moluccan Cockatoo

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IMG_1295-350The Moluccan cockatoo, also known as the salmon-crested cockatoo, is a large parrot endemic to the Moluccan islands of Indonesia. The female Moluccan cockatoo is larger than the male. Both sexes sport retractable bright-orange crests on the tops of their heads. The Moluccan cockatoo is one of the largest white cockatoos in the world, measuring at around 20 inches long. It is almost completely off-white, yellowish in color and, when threatened, will raise its crest to reveal bright, salmon colored feathers to scare possible predators. The eye ring of this bird is a pale blue and the beak and claws are dark grey to black. The underside of the tail may also have a small hint of yellow in it as well. Other than its beautiful colors, this bird is known for its loud vocalizations in the wild and incredible intelligence and desire for human attention in captivity.


Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • More than any other parrot the Male Moluccan Cockatoo typifies the joy of living.
  • The male Moluccan is one of the loudest of all parrots.
  • They play very hard as young birds, flapping, swinging, displaying their beauty.

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
April 1 st – October 31 st:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

November 1 st – March 31 st:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission Prices

Adults 12 & over $7.00

Children 3 to 11 $5.00

Seniors 65+ $6.00

Children 2 years and under — FREE

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Charles Paddock Zoo is located at 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

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