As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Yellow-crested cockatoo population in critical condition


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 Sumbawa, indicate that the Yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) population there has reached a critical due to rampant illegal hunting and trapping for the pet trade.

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 Indonesia."

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/yellow-crested-cockatoo-2013.html

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