Jackie was bought as a pet in the early 70’s At that time these parrots were not being bred in this country, so we can be assured that she was caught in the wild.
Sadly there was no understanding of the needs of these birds at that time. Bird seed and people food was the answer. Moluccan cockatoos come from one Island – Seram – in Indonesia.
As with all parrots they have evolved over 40 million years to be the birds we see today. The digestive systems of each species evolved to survive on the foods on their specific Island or country. Just because they are here does not change their requirements. In Seram these birds fly freely in beautiful sunshine, and the rains wash their feathers. They chew on the bark of trees that grow only there, and eat flowers, nuts and fruits that are not found anywhere else.
Jackie was fortunate enough not to be passed from home to home. She lived with her caregiver until the lady passed away. Jackie now lives at the World Parrot Refuge in our Senior Parrots Home. She made friends with other Moluccan cockatoos immediately. Parrots are a flock species and depend on their extended families to ensure their safety when feeding and sleeping.
Jackie is a very happy bird here at the Refuge. Jackie would love to have a special human who would choose to be her sponsor.