Also known as the Rose-Crested, M2 Cockatoo, or Moluccan Cockatoo, the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo is thought by some to be the prettiest of the species. With a life span of over 30 years, these birds require a solid commitment at purchase because they often become quite attached to their owners. While little is known of their habits in the wild, the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo is becoming a very popular pet among bird lovers. Cockatoos in general and the Salmon-Crested in particular have a very loud, quivering call as well as an exceptionally shrill screech. In the wild, these are thought to be used primarily as warning vocalizations. In captivity, they can indicate alarm or pleasure.
Unlike other cockatoos, the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo's crest will retain a backward angle even when erect. This is a communication behavior and can indicate happiness, curiosity or alarm.
Parrots can be very destructive to their environment, especially wooden items. Salmon-Crested Cockatoos are no exception. Take care in selecting perches, toys and food dishes and offer twigs or branches of aspen or ash as an alternative to furniture.
Although they are becoming increasingly threatened in the wild, they are successfully bred in captivity. A typical clutch contains two eggs. It is not uncommon for one hatchling to fall behind in growth and development. If this happens, remove and hand-raise the hatchling or it may not survive. Fledge occurs at 4 months, but it may be several years before breeding maturity occurs. When obtained as a juvenile or hand-raised, the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo becomes a loving pet.