• captive-breeding;
  • EEP;
  • founders;
  • husbandry guidelines;
  • salmon-crested cockatoo

The UK regional studbook for the Salmon-crested cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis began in 1990 and was upgraded to a European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) in 1993. The EEP population is in decline but captive-breeding is improving with increasing numbers of birds in the F2 generation. The major aim of the EEP is to increase the number of effective founders by improving husbandry standards. Proposed strategies to achieve this aim include the establishment of groups of young cockatoos and allowing compatible cockatoo pairs vocal and visual contact with pairs of other white cockatoos of the genus Cacatua.