Moluccan Cockatoo for sale
Moluccan Cockatoo for sale. These birds are very affectionate and love being around people and other animals. The Moluccan cockatoo can make an excellent companion for someone who’s looking for a pet that will be both loyal and interactive with them throughout the day.
At over 20 inches and weighing roughly 35 oz., it is the largest of the white cockatoos. The female is larger than the males 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 (may also be raised in excitement, or other ’emotional’ displays).
Diet / Feeding of a Moluccan Cockatoo for sale
In their natural habitat, moluccan cockatoos typically feed on various seeds, nuts and fruits, such as papaya, durian, langsat and rambutan. As they are also feed on corn growing in fields, they do considerable damage and are, therefore, considered crop pests by farmers.
They also eat large insects, such as crickets (order Orthoptera) and skinks.
Captive birds are usually provided a parrot mix containing various seeds, nuts and dried fruits and vegetables. Additionally, they need to be offered lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and branches (with leaves) for chewing and entertainment.
Behavior of Moluccan Cockatoos
If it is happy and content in its owner’s association, it profusely offers unconditional love to the owner with an urge of being cuddled, in a lack of which it may turn aggressive or depressed to the point of self-mutilation. They are also agile and inquisitive, always eyeing for chewing toys and getting out of the cage.
Their crest perfectly mirrors their moods as a raised crest implies the bird is either aggressive or frustrated and a lowered crest stands for its agreeable state of mind.
Caring for a Moluccan cockatoo
Moluccan Cockatoos generally do well at temperatures between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 25 Celsius), though babies need to be kept at very warm temperatures to survive. Your bird will do best on a pelleted diet supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Care must be taken in choosing the correct cage if you are planning on keeping one of these challenging birds. Their intelligence combined with the strength of their beak demands a formidable enclosure. Stainless steel or wrought iron is the recommended material for your cockatoo’s cage, and a bar spacing of 3/4 inch should work well. Your bird cannot destroy this cage. Plenty of chewable toys should be spread around to keep your bird entertained, and they should be rotated weekly. These birds love to climb and will appreciate a tall and roomy cage. A rectangular-shaped cage of at least 36″x48″x72.
Appearance and Vocalization of the Moluccan Cockatoo
Moluccan Cockatoos are one of the world’s most beautiful bird species. They make a spectacular sight from their impressive crest to their short, squarish tails. Moluccans can mimic human speech as well as other sounds they hear. These cockatoos are also one of the loudest parrots in the world. They have a high-pitched screech and a tendency for screaming.
Moluccans as Pets
This intelligent and complex parrot is emotionally very needy and not a bird for the faint hearted. They tend to form close bonds with one person and may attack others in the household if they are not properly trained. They can develop severe emotional problems when separated from their mate (human or otherwise).
This all being said, this is an absolutely wonderful pet for the right person who enjoys spending a lot of time with their pet and is willing to provide this training with the love and attention it deserves.
A well-adjusted and trained Moluccan is sweet and cuddly and totally devoted to their owner. If their special needs are not met, they may scream incessantly. Males tend to develop aggressive tendencies as they get older that need to be curtailed through continuous training.