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Tiki is a majestic and regal Moluccan Cockatoo (also known as a Salmon Crested cockatoo) who is approximately 9 years old. It is presumed that he is a male but he has not been DNA tested for gender. He sports a brilliant flamingo colored crest. Moluccans are the largest of the white cockatoos. They hail from Indonesia and they are a threatened species.
Our young man is shy at first but will stand still indefinitely for head scratches and doesn't appear to be cage aggressive. Tiki will hiss constantly at first but it is due to fear. The good news is that he overcomes it after getting to know you. He is a very affectionate little (big) guy. He loves to go outside and play. He enjoys being in the room with you and riding around on your should (caution – allowing a bird to ride on your shoulder is not always recommended and should only be considered after spending enough time with the bird and forming an evaluation). He likes to shred wood and piñatas. He likes to eat a little bit of everything, but he has to be in the mood. Tiki does not talk but he does a pretty good boat horn and other assorted sounds that make me laugh.
Although Moluccans are known to have one of the loudest parrot calls Tiki doesn’t sound off frequently. He usually does some morning calls and some bedtime calls at around 7pm. Moluccans in general are very intelligent and should be nurtured by providing plenty of mental stimuli and training; owning this type of bird requires a special person with a lot of time and attention to give. Moluccans are the most sensitive of the cockatoos. They also require the largest cages of all the parrots. Tiki’s cage is 40” X 40” X 72”. He also needs a play stand when out of his cage. Tiki does best in a home where there is at least one other cockatoo to talk to. He did not do well when there were no other cockatoos.
Tiki is extremely affectionate and very easy to handle. He’s got his quirks i.e. he prefers to step onto a perch and then on to your arm where he expects to be cuddled to pieces and showered with kisses. He is not aggressive and can be handled by more than one caretaker. Tiki has plucked some of his feathers around the tips of his wings and his thighs. Plucking is very common for this species but Tiki still has a beautiful feather presentation (see picture) and he currently does not pluck. His wing tips and most of his belly feathers have grown back. Tiki can live to be about 60-80 years old and therefore has a life time of love to give to you!