Illegal trapping for pet trade close to wiping out the population
March 2013. Reports from the Indonesian state of West Nusa Tenggara, which contains the islands of Lombok and
indicate that the Yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) population there
has reached a critical due to rampant illegal hunting and trapping for the pet
A recent survey counted just 107 birds in 2 populations. The cockatoos are very slow breeders, laying a maximum of just 2 eggs per year. So unless birds live to a ripe old age, and breed regularly, the population will continue to decline.
According to Wikipedia," Numbers have declined dramatically due to illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade. Between 1980 and 1992, over 100,000 of these birds were legally exported from